Length: 54 mins

Overview: Due to COVID-19, many families experience an additional sense of grief and loss when faced with a cancer diagnosis. How can people with cancer and their loved ones tend to these difficult feelings during this time? In this webinar, clinical social worker C. Elizabeth Dougherty will provide insight on this and other questions:

• How has COVID-19 changed the experience of uncertainty and isolation for people facing cancer and their loved ones?

• What can people living with cancer do to face thoughts, experiences and circumstances in the present?

• What support and resources are available for people facing cancer, uncertainty and isolation?

• How can families tend to their children’s feelings of loss and grief?

• How can people with cancer and their loved ones connect to the present moment when they are feeling anxious or worried?

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Resources Discussed in this Presentation

• Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - http://www.camh.ca/

• Art with Heart - https://artwithheart.org/learn/

• What's Your Grief - https://whatsyourgrief.com/

• Two TED Talks from Dr. Brene Brown - https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability?language=en and https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_listening_to_shame

• Refuge in Grief - https://refugeingrief.com/

• The Way Forward - http://www.hpcintegration.ca/

• Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association - https://www.chpca.ca/

• Dr. BJ Miller TED Talk - https://www.ted.com/talks/bj_miller_what_really_matters_at_the_end_of_life?language=en

• Dr. Kate Bowler's TED Talk - https://www.ted.com/talks/kate_bowler_everything_happens_for_a_reason_and_other_lies_i_ve_loved

• My Grief.ca - http://www.mygrief.ca/

• Canadian Virtual Hospice - https://www.virtualhospice.ca/en_US/Main+Site+Navigation/Home.aspx

Resources from the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is continuing to provide programs for people with cancer and caregivers that can be helpful if you are staying close to home or dealing with feelings of anxiety or isolation.

• Cancer Information Helpline is our national, toll-free helpline for people with cancer, caregivers, families and friends, the general public and healthcare professionals. Contact us or call us at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

• Extensive expert information is available on our website about cancer and COVID-19. www.cancer.ca

CancerConnection is our online community where people with cancer and their loved ones can share their experiences and build supportive relationships.

Smokers' Helpline is available to help you or a loved one quit smoking.

If you need help immediately, please contact:

• Crisis Services Canada, 1-833-456-4566 | www.crisisservicescanada.ca

• Kids Help Phone, 1-800-668-6868 | https://kidshelpphone.ca

• If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

The information in this webinar is for educational purposes only and does not replace the advice of your healthcare provider based on your individual situation. Experts are speaking on their own behalf and CCS assumes no responsibility for the completeness of the information presented.

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    C. Elizabeth Dougherty BSW, MSW, RSW
    Clinical social worker and educator at C. Elizabeth Dougherty Consulting; Partner with the Children and Youth Grief Network; Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care, McMaster University

    Elizabeth is a social worker and educator with extensive experience supporting children, youth and adults facing serious illness, uncertainty and grief. After specializing in palliative care at the largest cancer treatment centre in Canada, she started a community-based private practice offering support across Ontario. Elizabeth provides individual, family and group counselling following diagnosis of a serious illness, into remission, at end of life and into bereavement. She collaborates on regional, provincial and national initiatives, advocating for greater access to high quality palliative care, and teaches courses, seminars and workshops to the general public, undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate learners and healthcare professionals across settings and sectors. Elizabeth is honoured to be a partner with the Children and Youth Grief Network and an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University.