Grief and Bereavement - Yorktown Family Services

Grief and Bereavement

General Information




Family Relationship: Grief related to the death or dying of a parent, sibling, or in-home custodial caregiver.

Age: Children, youth, and families ages 0 – 21 (with limited spots available up to age 29).

Geographic Catchment: The city of Toronto (Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough, and North York). Bereavement Referrals: Services are offered regardless of the cause of death or time since the death.

Acute Response Referrals: Our aim is to fast track services where the child/youth or their parent, sibling, or in-home custodial caregiver has a prognosis of 6 months or less, or has recently experienced a sudden or traumatic death.


Accepted from any source, including self-referrals. For a referral form, email our intake coordinator at:

Next Session Dates:

Grief and Bereavement Intakes completed on an ongoing basis.

Youth Group (High school age) – Winter 2021/2022: start date Dec 7th 2021, runs Tuesdays from 7-9pm

Middles Group (age 9 – 13) – Spring 2022 (dates tbd)
Littles Group (age 4-8) – Spring 2022 (dates tbd)

Sessions Per Year:

52 weeks per year

Service Duration:

Acute Response Program – up to 4 sessions
Bereavement Program – up to 8 sessions
Groups – 8-10 sessions

Languages offered:
  • English
  • Translation Services Available
  • Weekdays
  • Evenings

Maureen Ringlein
416-394-2424 Ext:272

Clinical Services

Individual and Family Counselling

Our counselling services are divided into two streams:

Bereavement Program provides counselling support after a death to process and normalize grief, encourage emotional expression and communication, cultivate and enhance resiliency, explore helpful coping strategies, and support continuing bonds.

Acute Response Program provides services to families where death is anticipated and imminent with a prognosis of 6 months or less. Program goals include preparing children, youth and families for what to expect; supporting open communication; and engaging in legacy work.  Please note, this is not a crisis support service – referrals are made through the intake.

Child and Youth Support Program

Our support groups for bereaved children and youth are offered throughout the year. The goal of the program is to create a supportive environment where grieving children and adolescents have the opportunity to connect with similar-aged peers, express themselves, share their grief experiences, and explore their relationship with grief through the outdoors, art, and play.  The outdoors provides a context for self-reflection, connection with others, and the natural world. Concurrent caregiver groups may be offered to support caregivers navigating the unique challenges of parenting grieving children and youth.

Family Support Program

Our Family Support Program provides opportunities to connect with a community of grievers who have experienced the death of an immediate family member through ‘Family Nights’ which are workshops developed for parents and caregivers.

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Please note that Yorktown's  Rapid Access Counselling service will be closed on Thursday, December 3,  2021 at 3 p.m.
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