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We recognize that the support received by a grieving child or youth can significantly influence his/her wellbeing. As a result we aim to connect individuals and organizations who provide services and resources that benefit children and youth who are grieving a death.



Talking about death is not familiar for most and therefore not an easy conversation. We have listed some resources below that can help you plan for and start the conversation.

  • How to have a conversation about serious illness, dying and death (HHH person served and families)
  • How to talk to kids about grief, dying, death and loss

Book List

  • Can’t we Talk about Something More Pleasant, Roz Chast
  • Talking about Death Won’t Kill You, Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller
  • When a Parent is Sick: Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children, Joan Hamilton
  • Great Answers to Difficult Questions about Death: What Children Need to Know by Linda Goldman
  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
  • Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Brian Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
  • Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers by Earl A. Grollman

Speak Up Ontario

Advance Care Planning Workbook Ontario Edition (English)

Parlons-en Ontario

Manuel sur la planification préalable des soins Édition de l’Ontario (French)

Your Conversation Starter Kit

When it comes to end-of-life care, talking matters.

Guide de Conversation

En ce qui concerne les soins en fin de vie, parler compte.