Bernie's Buddies is committed to helping Calgary's kids remember how to live again after a death loss in their lives.


1 in 5 children will experience the death of someone close to them by age 18.

(Kenneth Doka, Editor of OMEGA, Journal of Death and Dying)


We offer an alternative for helping grieving kids because:

  • kids learn and experience their emotions in many different ways.

  • we recognize that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work for navigating grief emotions. What works for one child may not be the most appropriate or effective solution for the next.

  • often families experiencing a loss will also experience financial challenges resulting from this loss. Through the generous support of sponsors, donors and volunteers, our programs are available at no cost.


We provide a unique, integrated approach using peer groups where kids living with a loss can interact and support each other while engaging in unique guided activities available at each session:

  • animal-assisted visit,

  • movement and relaxation techniques, and

  • facilitated creative conversation.  

Bernie's Buddies is a registered Canadian charity (80458 0173 RR 0001).

Bernie helping with a partner yoga pose

Call us: 403-467-7923

Email us: berniesbuddiescalgary@gmail.com

© 2021 Bernie's Buddies   

Registered charity number: 80458 0173 RR0001

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