Our Model of Care

We support families when there is a terminal diagnosis of an adult or child; when the grieving process begins, through the dying process and into bereavement support. Families can enter our programs at any point within the grief continuum.

Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre focuses its intervention at three levels:

  1. Children and youth;
  2. Families; and
  3. Institutions and systems.

Holding Hands

Key Objectives of the Centre Are:

  • Provide counselling and support to children who are dying
  • Provide counselling to children who are experiencing the death of a family member, before, during, and after a loss.
  • Facilitate educational and support-based groups for families and caregivers of grieving and terminally ill children.
  • Develop and deliver outreach initiatives and training to professionals, volunteers, and the community at large about the unique needs of children facing terminal illness and bereaved children.

What do we do?

There are two clinical streams that enable us to provide Clinical Care to children and families, namely our Quick Response Program and our Bereavement Support program.

Our special group events bring together children and families, giving them an opportunity to meet others and to know they are not alone. We also help parents and caregivers find other programs and services that will offer additional support and information.

What else do we do?

As leaders in the field of children’s grief and palliative care, we help increase the community’s capacity of responding to the unique needs of grieving children.

We also have an affiliation with the University of Toronto, the University of Guelph and the Hospital for Sick Children and have collaborated with them on small research studies. Our goal is to expand our research initiatives.

Who do we serve?

Referrals are generated by a wide range of hospital and community agencies. We work with children of all ages, from infants to young adults and their families. Whether in home or in the hospital, our team works with everyone involved in the child’s community