It is estimated that 1 in 14 children will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the time they turn 18.
In just one year, over 203,000 of Canada’s 7.5 million children under 18 will experience the death of someone in their extended family. Almost 40,000 will experience the death of a parent or sibling who lives in their home.
The death of a parent or sibling has been found to be one of the most stressful life events that a child or youth can experience.”
“The Children & Youth Grief Network continues to strive for accuracy in its collection and dissemination of research, including statistics. As with all data derivations there are multiple factors that render the calculations unique to a particular context and difficult to compare to other data calculations. Results must be “interpreted with caution.”
Data are derived from Statistics Canada using children under 18 and Census families. A census family refers to “a married couple (with or without children of either and/or both spouses), a common-law couple (with or without children of either and/or both partners) or a lone parent or any marital status, with at least one child”.
Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Canada and 2016 Mortality Data
WHY A GRIEF NETWORK
We recoganize 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.
What Kids Want to Know: The 5 C’s
1) They did not Cause the illness or death
2) They cannot Catch the illness
3) They cannot Cure the illness
4) Someone will take Care of them
5) Staying Connected to your loved one
TO HELP GRIEVING CHILDREN
WANT YOU TO KNOW