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Real Talk: Exploring Dying, Death & Grief with Young People

Date & Time: To Be Announced
Cost: Free
Location: TBA

Are you part of an organization that wants to host this program for the young people in your community? We would love to make that happen!

Email Terri, our C.A.N.D.Y. Cafe Program Manager, at

About the Program

In an inclusive and relaxed environment where questions are encouraged, this program is designed to give young people, ages 10 -18, the opportunity to connect with their thoughts and emotions while discussing the mysteries of death. Participants will gain tools and strategies to draw upon when they are experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one.

Depending on the number of participants in a given session, as well as their age range and specific wishes, groups may be divided in order to have a smaller age gap within each group (e.g. ages 10-12 and 13-18).

Meet the Facilitator

Terri Viola-Wilson

Hamilton Chapter Terri Viola Wilson

Terri is C.A.N.D.Y. Café's Program Manager and HHA's Subject Matter Expert for Talking with Kids about Dying, Death and Grief. She is a retired teacher with over 30 years of engaging with young people in the classroom, on sports teams, in choirs, and in social justice movements. During those years, one of her passions was helping to improve communication between her students and the adults who cared for them. 

With the mental welfare of young people in mind, Terri helped develop the C.A.N.D.Y. Café program. Drawing on both her personal and professional experiences, as well as her continuing education in childhood trauma and child and youth grieving, Terri brings empathy and knowledge to everyone she encounters through C.A.N.D.Y. Café - including young people of all ages and the adults who live, work, and care for them.


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