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Home Hospice Association

Talking with Kids about Dying, Death & Grief Certificate Program

Are you a community leader or care professional who works with children, teens and young adults? Have you ever found yourself at a loss for words when the subject of dying, death or grief has come up with your clients, patients or residents? If the answer is yes, then you are the ideal candidate to join HHA’s Talking with Kids about Dying, Death & Grief Certificate Program. 

About the program

Designed for professionals working with young people, this Certificate Program provides you with the tools and techniques you'll need to feel confident navigating conversations about dying, death and grief with youth in your care.


The goal of the program is to ensure that, with your guidance, the young people in your care feel:  

  • Safe enough to share their thoughts and feelings about dying, death, and grief verbally, in writing, or both.   

  • Comfortable talking about dying, death, and grief with the adults in their life.  

  • Confident that when they experience the first or next death in life, they will have some tools to help them grieve in a healthy way. 


Upcoming In-class Dates (online via Google Meet):
  • April 4 - May 30, 2024  (Thursday evenings from 7PM-9PM - EST)

Training Fee:
  • $500.00 for non-HHA Team Members


  • $375.00 for HHA Team Members, including Death Doulas (and Candidates) and Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doulas (and Candidates)


Payment in full is required to hold your spot in a selected session.

Those intending to work as C.A.N.D.Y. Cafe facilitators may receive tuition paid for under our Scholarship program, which entails 25 hours of volunteer facilitation or raising the equivalent of the regular registration fee through HHA's Moonlit Memory Walk annual fundraising event. Learn more about becoming a C.A.N.D.Y. Cafe Facilitator here.

Please note: Registration fees are non-refundable. If you can't make the session that you registered for, you can re-book yourself for a later date provided we receive notification at least 30 days before the start of the session that you already registered for. Forfeited fees are applied to our scholarship fund and a tax receipt will be issued to you. 

Included With your Fee
  • 1 evening in-class (online) session per week for 9 consecutive weeks (includes 1 Parents & Guardians Death Cafe)

  • approximately 6 hours of independent study and assignments   

  • All course materials and resources are provided  

  • How to Talk with Kids about Dying, Death and Grief Resource Video

  • In-class quizzes and role-plays


Why choose Home Hospice Association as your Death Educators?

Since 2014, Home Hospice Association has been a leader and dedicated advocate for quality and compassionate death education. We created and mobilized Canada’s first Infant & Pregnancy Loss and Death Doula Training, we have delivered hundreds of community outreach educational events, and we offer a large portfolio of workshops all with the goal of normalizing death and helping each of us move towards our mortality. Our educators come from diverse backgrounds and bring knowledge and experience in communication, spirituality, cultural awareness, diversity, death and bereavement care. Each is committed to helping draw the circle of care wider for those facing death and their loved one with a holistic approach to the end-of-life journey.

Meet the Facilitator

  • Understand specific reasons why it is important for us to help change the “taboo” approach to dying, death, and grief in our society, particularly when it comes to youth mental health 

  • Understand how the human brain develops, with a focus on the developmental stages of children and teens 

  • Gain an appreciation for the uniqueness of each young person 

  • Understand how developmental stages influence how young people relate to dying, death, and grief 

  • Learn specific listening strategies that will encourage young people to trust and talk to you

  • Learn how to guide young people to empower them to find the best answers within themselves


  • Learn how to identify when a professional should be recommended to help a young person  

  • Glossary of Terms 

  • Grief   

  • MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying) in Canada

  • Suicide 

  • When Someone is Diagnosed/Dying  

  • Resilience 

  • Effective Listening and What to Listen For   

  • Brain Development and Developmental Stages 

  • Helping Young People Identify Emotions 

  • Strategies to Engage Young People in Conversation

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