Paediatric  Care

ARCH Hospice provides paediatric palliative care services.

Prior to 2015, children and their families who wished for hospice care had to travel away from their extended families, friends, and support networks to either Ottawa or Toronto. We felt strongly that this needed to change, allowing children, their families and their loved ones to stay together in a supportive environment.

Every child deserves to be close to home.

When paediatric palliative care is requested at ARCH Hospice:

When ARCH expects to admit a paediatric resident and their family:

The pediatrician, palliative physician, ARCH Manager of Hospice Services, and ARCH Intake Coordinator will meet with the family to understand how we can best meet the needs of the child and their loved ones, and ensure ARCH is the most appropriate care facility



We have a Comfort Team in place that will customize the room to best comfort the child, right down to paint colours and décor


We will purchase necessary items such as care supplies and favourite foods in order to provide a personalized and comfortable experience

ARCH does not receive any additional government funding for providing a local paediatric alternative, however we feel it is important to provide this care option for the Algoma District and our local families. We continue to depend on the support of over 140 regular volunteers and $750,000 in community donations to provide our services to the community.

Paediatric Palliative Care Resources 

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Pediatric hospice palliative care guiding principles and norms of practice.

Together for Short Lives

Family resources from the United Kingdom charity for children and young people expected to live short lives. 

Resources to Help Parents and Children Cope with Grief 

Talking to Children About Death and Dying*

Talking to children about dying is never easy but that doesn't make it any less important. *To enlarge font size, hold CTRL and press the "+" key 

Talking with Kids & Teens About Dying and Death

A free online resource to provide guidance to parents on how to support children who are grieving the dying or death of someone in their life. 

Suggested readings:

On Children and Death – How children and their parents can and do cope with death

Author: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


The Bereaved Parents’ Survival Guide

Author: Juliet Cassuto Rothman


A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children – Rebuilding your family after the death of a loved one

Authors: Phyllis R. Silverman and Madelyn Kelly


Farewell, Grandpa Elephant – What happens when a loved one does?

Authors: Isabel Abedi and Miriam Cordes


When Dinosaurs Die – A child's guide to understanding death

Authors: Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown


After a Death – An activity book for children

Author: The Dougy Center


When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness – Children can learn to cope with loss

Author: Marge Heegaard; to be illustrated by children


When Someone Very Special Dies – Children can learn to cope with grief

Author: Marge Heegaard; to be illustrated by children


Sad Isn’t Bad – A good-grief guidebook for kids dealing with loss

Author: Michaelene Mundy