I didn’t plan to be this person, for whom loss always hovers at the edge of my awareness like next month’s bills, but there you have it. I’ve carried the remote ache of longing with me long enough to understand it’s part of who I am now... This is a part of my identity I can never change... Our lives are shaped as much by those who leave us as they are by those who stay. Loss is our legacy. Insight is our gift. Memory is our guide.
— Hope Edelman
 

ANDREA KWAN, MSW, RSW
grief counsellor in toronto

I am a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist who specialises in grief counselling and education. I support individuals coping with grief, loss, and life transitions (as a result of death and non-death losses) and focus on supporting those who have experienced sudden, unexpected and/or out-of-order loss. I also provide education about grief and loss, and how to work with grieving individuals and communities through an Anti-Oppressive and Diversity lens.

I graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Social Work degree and am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW, #820777). I have also received training and support from staff and volunteers at Bereaved Families of Ontario - Toronto and the AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario.

As the former Bereavement Care Specialist at the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities Hospice Program, I provided grief support and education to the community, and managed a peer-support bereavement program. I have given both individual and group support to grieving children, youth, and adults.

I have experienced multiple personal losses; the most significant being the deaths of my parents in the Indian Ocean Tsunami when I was 19 years old. Through my own healing process, I have found my way to walking alongside others in their grief. I am committed to creating safe and inclusive spaces where bereaved individuals can grieve authentically and holistically.