Understanding Grief and Loss

On February 16-17, 2022, SFNFCI hosted Understanding Grief and Loss training at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK. There were 18 learners who participated and completed the training and received certificates.  Elder Judy Pelly joined us and was available to support learners over the two days.

Participants attended from various organizations such as Agency Chiefs Child & Family Services, Mistawasis First Nation, Kanaweyimik Child & Family Services, Keyanow Child & Family Centre, Kinistin Saulteaux Nation, Meadow Lake Tribal Council, Okanese First Nation, PAGC Holistic Wellness Centre, and QBOW Child and Family Services. 

The training was facilitated by Anthony Roulette. Grief and Loss can be a very heavy subject and we were very happy that Anthony was able to share his knowledge and expertise during the training. Anthony has experience facilitating various courses at SFNFCI.

This two-day course was designed to introduce participants, primarily in the helping fields, to the role of providing grief and loss support to those they work with and support, including adults, children, and youth.

Participants demonstrated knowledge and skills to support individuals in a variety of professional situations who may have experienced grief and loss due to a variety of situations, including (but not limited to) death, the ending of a relationship, divorce, and a child being separated from a family. Participants also examined their own grieving process and the importance of modelling positive, healthy grief and loss recovery for others.

Feedback from participants

“Use these skills to help families work through grief and that we all process grief differently”

“It will help me more and be aware of youth struggling with grief”

“I have a better understanding on how to support the grieving client”


“It will help us when dealing with children, coping with grief and loss” Joanne, QBOW

“Better understand the youth in their grieving process and how to help support them in a positive way” Sandra – Agency Chiefs Child & Family Services

“Absolutely validated my actions in helping clients working with grief, to listen, safe space! Helped me to understand the reasons for acting out behaviours in children” – Celina, Keyanow Child & Family Centre

For more information on training at SFNFCI please contact:

Program Consultant: Juanita Wolfe, juanita@sfnfci.ca

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