Growing With Grief - Yorktown Family Services

Growing With Grief

General Information



Service Delivery Format:
  • In Person:
    • Virtual and in-person appointments available
    • Groups are offered in person at this time

Groups: To participate in group programming, children/youth must be aware of the cause of death prior to starting the group. Group facilitators may be available to support with a disclosure conversation prior to group depending on availability and the amount of time before group begins. Please let us know if this is something you’d like support with.

Additionally, children/youth must be available to attend every group session, as registration closes after the first session of each group.

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.


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

Next Session Dates:

Grief and Bereavement Counselling Intakes completed on an ongoing basis

  • Father’s Day Event – June 12th 2024
  • Middles Group – Fall 2024
  • Littles Group – TBD
  • Youth Group – TBD

Contact : Danielle at


Paul at

Sessions Per Year:

52 weeks per year

Service Duration:

Bereavement Program – up to 8 sessions
Groups – 8-10 sessions

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

Maureen Ringlein
416-394-2424 Ext:1272

Clinical Services

Individual and Family Counselling

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.

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Child and Youth Group Programming

Growing With Grief offers support groups for children and youth throughout the year. The goal of the groups 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.

Three groups are offered each year:

Littles Group (ages 6-9):  a 7-week indoor group. “Littles” participate in expressive arts and play-based activities, where they explore grief feelings, build connections, and learn how to continue the bond with their person who died.

Middles Group (ages 10-13): an 8-week, mixed indoor/outdoor group.  Through play-based and nature-based activities, “Middles” explore their grief feelings and different ways to cope. The focus is on learning that all feelings are okay, it is what you do with them that makes a difference, as well as learn how to continue the bond with their person who died.

Youth Group (high school aged youth): a 10-week, mixed indoor/outdoor group.  Youth have the opportunity to build resiliency and meaningful peer relationships while developing skills, story sharing and participating in creative activities to explore their grief feelings and coping strategies, as well as learn how to continue the bond with their person who died.

Family Support Program

Our Family Support Program provides opportunities connect with a community of grievers who have experienced the death of an immediate family member through ‘Family Events’.  These events are developed for children, youth and their parents or caregivers to decrease isolation through strengthening family & peer-relationships, practicing of self-expression, and honouring & remembering the person in their life who died.

Father’s Day Event

The Growing With Grief team at Yorktown Family Services has an upcoming Father’s Day Event on June 12th, from 6:00-7:30PM. This event is for children and youth who have experienced the death of their father, stepfather, or paternal caregiver, and their families.

At this event participant families will have an opportunity to connect with those who are similarly bereaved, engage in art-making to express thoughts and feelings, create unique items to take home and cultivate their relationship with dad.

This is a FREE event. Food will be provided.

Please register on Eventbrite by June 7th or by reaching out to Preston at


Are you a high school aged youth in Toronto that has experienced the death of a sibling, parent or primary caregiver?

Are you feeling alone in that experience? Do you wish to be with others who understand because they’re going through something similar? Would you like some support with how to cope?

Growing With Grief is offering an 10-week youth group that will run on Tuesday evenings between April 23rd and June 25th from 6-8pm.

This is an opportunity for teenagers who have experienced intimate family loss to:

  • Find community with others who are going through something similar
  • Express your feelings and experiences of grief and loss
  • Learn healthy coping strategies
  • Share memories and continue your relationship to those that have died

This will be a mixed indoor/outdoor group and will involve grief education, time in nature, expression through art, journaling and discussion.

TTC tokens are available and snacks will be provided.

Please pass this information on to those whom you think may benefit from this support.

For more information or to register please contact Chantal at: or 416-394-2424 ext 1216 or Paul at:

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