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Expert in child grief counselling coming to Guelph

Free event takes place February 21 at John F. Ross high school
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Internationally-known children's grief counsellor Andrea Warnick will be in Guelph Feb. 21 to give a presentation entitled, How to Support Children Who Are Grieving a Death.

The free event is is being held in John F. Ross high school cafeteria from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The talk is appropriate for any adult who may find themselves in contact with a grieving child, including parents and caregivers, educators, support staff, and mental health and health-care providers.

Registration for the event can be found here.

Warnick is a registered psychotherapist whose passion lies in helping families and communities support people of all ages who are grieving the illness or death of someone close to them. With a degree in nursing, a master’s degree in Thanatology (the study of dying and death) and years of nursing and counselling experience both in Canada and abroad, she brings to her work a rare mixture of medical and psychosocial expertise.

For over seven years Warnick was a grief counsellor at the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Program in Toronto, where she was also the director of Camp Erin Toronto, an overnight bereavement camp.

She developed and teaches the Certificate Program in Children’s Grief and Bereavement at SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health in Toronto, and was a founding member of Ontario’s Children and Youth Grief Network.

Warnick’s talk is being hosted by a new non-profit venture coming to Guelph and Wellington County called The Nightingale Centre for Grieving Children, Youth, and Families.

This centre, in cooperation with other organizations in the community including Hospice Wellington and the Guelph Community Foundation, seeks to create a hub of services to support bereaved youth and families and a space in which bereaved families find a community of individuals and support providers who are experiencing and supporting their journey through grief.