Get Involved

Become a Volunteer

We are a non-profit organization. We are looking for volunteers to help children and their families through their grieving process. Volunteers will make A Heart Like Mine House a resource to assist children and families through the most traumatic and stressful times in their lives. All volunteers will go through an intense training course to become a Children’s Grief Facilitator. It is the most rewarding feeling in the world to help others. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a volunteer at A Heart Like Mine House.

Our Beliefs

We believe that every child and person grieves differently. We believe that there is no right way or wrong way to grieve. We believe that children and their families should have a safe place to grieve at their own pace. We believe that providing a safe environment for children to be heard, to be able to listen to other’s through their grieving journey and to express their grief is an important part of a Child’s healing process.

How You Can Help

Send a Donation

We are a non-profit organization. Every donation is put towards helping children and their families through their grieving process. Your donation will go along way to help the Grieving Families in the Durham Region. Community support is truly what makes a Children’s Grief Center so successful. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page if you would like to send a donation.

Become a Volunteer

You can get involved today by becoming a volunteer. Sign up and you will be joining a group of amazing people who help others through the most difficult times in their lives. It is the most rewarding experience in the world to be able to help others in need. Becoming a volunteer consists of a 30-hour training course to become a Children’s Grief Facilitator. This will allow you to expand your knowledge about the grieving process and find new ways to help others through their grieving journey.

Spread the Word

Your voice is powerful. By helping us spread the word about our mission, you will be helping connect more people to the resources they need to heal. The more people become educated on the importance and prevalence of a community Grief Centre, the more we will be able to impact the lives of so many children and families who need our assistance. Please help us achieve our commitment to become a safe place where children will be able to grieve at their own pace.

What People Say

“In my opinion, A Children’s Grief Centre is one of the most incredibly valuable resources for any child who’s experienced a loss. If I had a similar resource to this when my dad passed away, I would have learned how to manage my grief sooner. Being surrounded by people who have experienced a similar loss provides you with a safe space to feel, understand, and cope with your feelings without judgement or pressure. They understand that grieving is a process and that everyone experiences it in their own way and time. What makes a Grief Centre so remarkable is that during such a dark time you don’t have to be alone, you can be surrounded by people who truly understand.”

-Will Petschenig, Founder and CEO of A Heart Like Mine

“I’m advocating for a much needed local initiative for a Children’s Grief Center in the Durham Region. Many kids experience the loss of a loved one and struggle to grieve.”

-Ryan Turnbull, Member of Parliament for Whitby

“The best part about having a Children’s Grief Center is the sense of connection the children feel knowing they are not alone in their grieving process.”

-Camille Gerace Nitschky, Executive Director Children’s Grief Center of Great Lakes Bay Region (Michigan, USA)


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Thank you so much. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

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2016 Ontario Hockey League and 2016 Canadian Hockey League Humanitarian of the Year.

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