During this “age of quarantine,” we are all feeling a little extra isolated from our cancer buddies, so YACC’s program director, Karine, will host our YACC Web: Talks, a series of weekly moments of connection. Some weeks it may be just Karine, other weeks she may bring along a friend or two.

The presentations may have themes, activities, and engagement and will take place via Zoom (at least for now). Currently, there is no limit to the number of people who can attend.


September 24: “Pandemic pivots: Navigating loss & grief through COVID-19” with Andrea Warnick

Living with cancer tends to involve the challenging dynamic of navigating loss and grief in a grief-illiterate society. Living with cancer during a pandemic not only magnifies this situation, but can also undermine coping strategies and be triggering of previous experiences. Join Karine and Andrea for a discussion on this topic, including support strategies that can be used through these surreal days of pandemic pivots.

Andrea will leave some time in her presentation to answer your submitted questions around grief and the pandemic. Click here to send in your questions!

This Quarantine with Karine session will be recorded so even if you can’t attend live feel free to send in your questions and we’ll send you the recording.

Andrea 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 Masters degree in Thanatology (the study of dying and death), and years of nursing and counselling experience both in Canada and abroad, Andrea brings to her work a rare mixture of medical and psychosocial expertise.

Andrea developed and teaches the five-day 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. During her seven years of working as a grief counsellor at the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre in Toronto, Andrea started and directed Camp Erin Toronto, a free overnight bereavement camp. She is also a founding board member of the Nightingale Centre for Grieving Children, Youth and Families in Guelph.

Andrea is a member of the clinical team at Canadian Virtual Hospice (CVH) where she responds to questions about children and grief asked by professionals and family members from across Canada. At CVH, Andrea was also the project lead for the development of KidsGrief.ca, a free online grief resource which was launched in 2017, and is currently the project lead for KidsGrief.ca for Educators which will launch in 2020.

Andrea lives with her partner, two daughters, cats, and dog in Guelph, ON, from where she runs a group therapy practice of therapists who provide grief support to communities across the country.

Production of YACC Web: Talks has been made possible through collaboration and financial support from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation and Health Canada.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of
the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation or Health Canada.

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