The Max and Beatrice Wolfe Children’s Centre and the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Program were established in 2006 because doctors at the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care felt that there was an absence of services available for children and youth who were dying or who were experiencing the death of a family member or someone close to them.
Dr. Larry Librach (Founder and Director of the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care until his death) developed the program to address the gap in services available for grieving and dying children. Early supporters included the Dr. Jay Charitable Foundation, the Max and Beatrice Wolfe Charitable Foundation, the Christine Wood Grant Foundation, as well as several others who contributed to the program in memory of their loved ones, such as the family of Samantha Posen Young.
As the demand for the program grew, services to augment the children and family counselling program were added, including a summer camp for bereaved children (Camp Erin Toronto) as well as monthly events for families and caregivers and a weekly bereavement group for teens.
Until recently, the program was provided with space through Mount Sinai hospital and the Temmy Latner Center for Palliative Care; however, both organizations deemed that the Centre no longer fit within the mandate of an adult care facility. We are now located at 82 Lombard Street, Suite 112, Toronto, M5C 2S8.
The Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre, although in principle a new charity, has a long standing history and identity as a grief program under the auspices of the Max and Beatrice Wolfe Children’s Centre.
The new Centre honours and maintains the philosophy and programs that have grown since the original program was started in 2006 and has developed a national and international reputation for our work in providing psychosocial support to children, and youth and educating their families about how to communicate and support children’s grief.