Good Grief Central evolved from the Good Grief Workshops for Children and Teens, which has been in operation for over two decades, and was founded by leading grief expert Dawn Cruchet. As of July 1, 2017, Good Grief Central obtained non-profit status, and will continue to provide the Good Grief Workshop for Children and Teens. In addition, we hope to expand our service offerings, and thus to provide qualified professional counselling, support, information, workshops, lectures, education, and consulting to individuals, patients, families, health-care professionals and communities struggling with issues pertaining to: homicide, suicide, accident, chronic illness, palliative care, care-giver advocacy, loss and death. We pledge to ensure that our credentials, skills, and expertise in the area of thanatology (loss, death, grief, bereavement, and palliative care) will be utilized for the purpose of helping all and any Canadian communities and community members who are struggling with loss and grief-related challenges. We intend to provide direct and timely aid to Canadian communities and individuals, by way of, but not limited to, workshops, lectures, support groups, a twice-yearly weekend retreat, and one-on-one loss and grief counselling, along with other beneficial services pertaining to loss, death and grief challenges as needs become evident. Aid is to be made available to all Canadian community members, of any age, who have had a family member, friend, colleague, or other person close to them who has died. We intend to offer our services free of charge, and will endeavour to include all communities in Canada requiring our services. As a not-for-profit organization, we intend to raise money by bringing awareness, education, and information to communities by utilizing all forms of advertisement, along with special events including fund-raisers, loss and grief-themed workshops and lectures on issues including, homicide, suicide, accident, chronic illness, palliative care, care-giver advocacy, etc. We aspire to engage other health care experts and professionals with the intent of furthering exploration and education into the field of thanatology, as it pertains and leads to the betterment of the various Canadian communities we will service. As a not-for-profit organization, we will undertake to recruit volunteers, and will remain determined to commit and invest in the ongoing education of our volunteers, by training them in the area of thanatology. The training and experience gained by our volunteers will impart a much-coveted and valuable skill, along with certified volunteer hours, and the opportunity for future involvement and service, should any aspire to employment in the health care profession, or to remain a volunteer in their community.