Supporting Children, Youth and Adults facing Serious Illness, Uncertainty and Loss

The diagnosis of a serious illness impacts individuals and families of all ages, often resulting in feelings of uncertainty, isolation and grief. Elizabeth provides individual, family and group counselling offering essential support navigating the health care system following diagnosis of a serious illness, into remission, at end of life and into bereavement. Taking a strengths-based approach, she facilitates communication and fosters coping strategies supporting children, youth and adults of all ages facing complex emotions. As professional caregivers are impacted by loss, Elizabeth also provides support to those caring for others.

Education Highlighting Compassion and Communication

An experienced educator, Elizabeth highlights the value of compassion and communication in the context of illness, uncertainty and loss. She teaches courses, seminars and workshops to the general public, healthcare professionals, undergraduate and graduate learners. She collaborates on local, regional, provincial and national Hospice Palliative Care initiatives and is published in peer-reviewed journals. Elizabeth is a partner with the Children and Youth Grief Network and is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University.

Someone needs to encourage us not to brush aside what we feel.
Not to be ashamed of the love and grief that it arouses in us.
Not to be afraid of pain.
Someone needs to encourage us:
that this soft spot in us could be awakened,
and that to do this would change our lives.
— Pema Chödrön (2005). When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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