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Support Groups & Events

The Power of Collaboration - Helping Victims and Survivors of Crime - May 30th

Please join us for dinner and information forum about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime, and about the services, assistance and laws in place to help victims, survivors and their families.

When: Thursday, May 30th

Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Taj Park, 8580 132nd St, Surrey BC V3W 4N7

RSVP: General Admission tickets are Free. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Presentations from:

Gary Thandi, MSW RSW - Executive Director of Moving Forward Family Services speaking on Trauma-Informed Care.

Jasmine Bhambra - Jasmine lost her sister to homicide. She will talk about her grieving process, what she tried and what worked.

Dr. Alana Abramson, PhD - Department of Criminology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Director, BC Bereavement Helpline Board speaking on Restorative Justice.

Community Organization Information Tables:

  • BC Coroners
  • BC Society of Transition Housing
  • The BC Ministry Family Information Liaison Unit (FILU)
  • BC Victims of Homicide
  • CFSEU Gang Intervention Team
  • RCMP IHIT (Ingrated Homicide Investigation Team) Family Liaison/Victim Services
  • Jas Cheema - Grief Companion
  • MCFD Restorative Justice Program
  • NEVR (Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships)
  • Options Community Services - Domestic Violence Intervention Program
  • SFU Centre for Restorative Justice
  • and more....

Adult Bereavement Walking Group - Apr 3 - Jun 26

Centre for Supportive Care

Adult Bereavement Walking Group: If you have been bereaved recently & would like to be physically active & informally connect with others who have experienced a significant loss, then this group is for you. Join others on gentle walks with the option to share your experience of grief and loss.

Date: Wednesday, April 3 - June 26

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Location: 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, Delta BC

Cost: Program is complimentary

Registration: Contact Debra at 604-948-0660(*303) or at debra@deltahospice.org

*For more information contact Debra

Bereavement Walking Program: April 24 - June 12

Vancouver Hospice

For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
Gather with others who are experiencing grief to walk, talk, and offer support while receiving fresh air & exercise.

Facilitated by trained hospice volunteers.

8-week sessions are held in the spring, fall, & winter on Wed or Sat mornings.

Spring sessions start on Wed April 24th & Sat April 27th 2019

The group meets at the Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut St (in front of the crab sculpture)
No charge to participate: *Registration is required*
For info or to register, please contact:

Wednesday group: Sue Wong at 604-731-7805

Saturday group: Patricia Ryan at 604-263-1325

*Please call either number if unsure of which day you’re interested in.

Substance-Related Loss Grief Support Group: May 9 - Jun 27

Gone Too Soon - A Substance Related Loss Grief Support Group

Crossroads Hospice Society is hosting a grief support group for those who have lost someone to a substance related passing. Our confidentail gatherings connect individuals with others who have experienced a similar loss.

Residents of the Tri-Cities and New Westminster are welcome.

Dates: May 9-June 27, 2019, Thursday evenings

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Location: Port Moody (details provided upon registration)

Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, please call: 604-949-2274 or email: support@crossroadshospice.org 


Bereaved Self-Care and Relaxation - Delta: May 16 - Jun 20

Bereaved and in need of better self-care & relaxation practices? Then join this music-therapist-led adult group where you will learn a variety of self-care techniques and participate in experiential guided relaxation to help you address feelings of depression, exhaustion and anxiety as they relate to grief. Six Thursday sessions.

Dates: May 16th to June 20th (Thursdays)

Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, Delta

Fee: Program is complimentary, registration required

Contact: 604-948-0660

Website: www.deltahospice.org 

*For more info and to pre-register, contact the Centre at 604-948-0660

Family Services of the North Shore Grief Support Group May 22 to June 26, 2019

Have You Been Touched by the Recient Death of Someone You Love?

Find support and healing in a safe and caring environment with others who have also experienced loss. Sessions may include guided meditation, gentle touch and healing touch for relaxation and stress relief.

When: Wednesdays, May 22 to June 26, 2019

(group session on June12 will be rescheduled to June13)

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Where: Sunrise Senior Living, 980 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

Cost: Free, but registration is required

Register: Call 604.985.8713 or email quenneville@familyservices.bc.ca

Grief Education & Self Care Presentation - Surrey: May 23, 2019

Guildford Seniors Village - Open house & family council support

Grief Education & Self Care Presentation

- Anticipating grief, especially in a seniors care environment

- Recognizing signs & symptoms

- Self care

Meet Jessica, Program Manager BC Bereavement Helpline (www.bcbh.ca)

Your questions answered, learn & enjoy refreshments

When: Thursday, May 23, 2019

Time: 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Where: Boardroom on Lobby Level - 14568 104A Avenue, Surrey

Cost: Free, but RSVP required

Register: RSVP 604-582-0808 (ext.125) or stop by Reception to RSVP

BC Bereavement Day

Bereavement Day Event will be Sunday, May 26, 2019

Location: Mountain View Cemetery located west of Fraser St, between 31st Ave and 43rd Ave in Vancouver. Entrance is located near 39th Ave and Fraser Street. 

Time: 1:00pm (please arrive between 12:30 - 12:45 to receive your packet and make your way to the celebration location). Please email contact@bcbh.ca to register 604-738-9950.

Release of the Doves: you can reserve a dove to be released in honour of your loved one. Quantity is limited and we ask for a $30 donation to help cover the cost of the "dove man" and his birds! Registration required.

Registration: Please call us if you plan to attend and/or want to reserve a dove at 604-738-9950 or email contact@bcbh.ca

Lunch to Honour Victims & Survivors of Crime

Lunch to Honour Victims & Survivors of Crime

Tuesday, May 28th 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Highliner Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, 2nd floor, Tsimshian Ballroom

Guest speaker: Sandra Harris

Please email joyce.charlton@rcmp-grc.gc.ca to RSVP


Wednesday, MAY 29

Workshop: Strategies & Tools to Enhance Online Safety

Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm

Facilitator: The White Hatter Team

This session is designed to provide relevant tools and practices for people working with vulnerable groups that can be applied within your organization to identify, minimize and address online violence

Highliner Plaza & Conference Centre, 2nd floor Tsimshian Ballroom *Lunch Included* ****Certificate for training hours available***

Workshop: Understanding Trauma

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Facilitator: Arlene Roberts www.irsss.ca

This 2-hour workshop will provide an understanding of the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual aspects of what happens when trauma affects individuals. Understanding the action and reaction, and healing tools.

Highliner Plaza & Conference Centre, 2nd floor Tsimshian Ballroom

*Lunch included for 12:00pm* ****Certificate for training hours available***

Thursday, MAY 30

Workshop: Burnout Prevention & Self-Care: Signs, Symptoms and Copying Strategies

Time: 9:30am - 11:30am ***Registration and Continental Breakfast 9:00am**

Facilitator: Morgan Reinsbakken, Professional Art Therapist, Northwest Integrative Healthcare Centre, Terrace BC

Highliner Plaza & Conference Centre, 2nd floor Tsimshian Ballroom

Outline: if constant stress has you feeling disillusioned, helpless and completely exhausted, you may be suffering from burnout. the unhappiness and detachment that burnout causes can threaten your job, relationships, and your health. There are plenty of things you can do to regain your balance and start to feel hopeful and positive again! ****Certificate for training hours available***

Cooking for One - Ladner: May 29 - June 19

Are you recently bereaved with limited shopping & cooking skills? Are you lacking confidence in the kitchen? Would  you  like to meet other adults in similar circumstances? Then join this home-cook-led demo/hands-on group to learn cooking basics in a safe & fun environment. Not appropriate for those with significant food allergies.

Location: The Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner,

When: Four Wednesdays, May 29-June 19

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

For more info and to pre-register, contact the Centre at 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary.

Adult Grief Group - Ladner: June 5 - July 10

Have you recently experienced the death of a loved one? Then consider joining a safe and supportive group led by a bereavement counsellor where you will have opportunities to share with and listen to others in similar situations, and to learn to navigate your grief process.

Location: Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner

When:  Six Wednesdays, June 5-July 10

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm.

For more info and to pre-register, contact the Centre at 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary.

Permission to Grieve Women's Retreat - Bowen Island: June 20-23

A women’s yoga retreat to share, feel and support your grief after loss.

You may never get over the death of a loved one but together we can change our relationship with grief and learn to grow with it. Come be a part of a space where your grief is validated, acknowledged and supported.

Surrounded by nature, join Therapeutic Yoga Teacher and fellow loss survivor, Richelle Muscroft, to nourish your mind, body and soul in a compassionate space with the collective support of women who have also experienced loss.

Weekend Details June 20-23:
• 3 night stay at Nectar Yoga B&B (private and shared accommodation)
• Nourishing meals from Wildhearts Living
• Daily guided yoga, meditation and breathwork
• Facilitated conversations, share circles and guided journaling
• Quiet time for reflection, nature and rest
• Kitchen Sadhana- Lifestyle Practices workshop
• Take home resources, self-care practices and more
• Space limited to 12 people

Your investment includes everything listed above, except transportation to and from Bowen Island. A $400 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration acceptance. $75 off your investment if paid in full by May 1st, 2019.

Please contact richelle@purpleacornyoga.ca

or visit www.purleacornyoga.ca/retreat

Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society Support Group Program

Groups are structured in such a way that participants are able to meet once a week, for six weeks.

Downtown Vancouver (Georgia & Burrard) 
Monday evenings; six sessions from 7 – 9pm
Next program will be offered: June 3 – July 15, 2019 (no session July 1)
Registration will begin May 3, 2019

Kerrisdale (37th & Larch)
Tuesday evenings; six sessions from 7 – 9pm
Next program will be offered: May 7 – June 11, 2019
Registration will begin April 7, 2019

There is a $200 fee for the program, which consists of six weekly evening sessions of two hours each and a follow-up session a few weeks after program completes. 

To register, please call 604-696-1060 and leave a message. Please state which Program, Location and Date you are interested in attending. 

Overdose Crisis Support Group - Vancouver: Monthly

Have you been affected by the overdose crisis? Have you lost someone or saved someone?

Join us at the Pender Community Health Centre, the first Friday of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. It is an opportunity for ALL community members to get together, share about how you have beenm affected, and to support one another.

When: First Friday of every month

Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm

Where: Pender Community Health Centre 59 West Pender St. (Across from Tinseltown)

For more information please call 604-642-5809

Surrey Hospice Society: Morning Coffee Drop-In

The Surrey Hospice Society is hosting informal drop-in gatherings are led by our hospice volunteers and designed to support the individuals on our waitlist. Coffee and snacks are provided.

Location: Surrey Hospice Society, 101-13463 78 Ave, Surrey, BC, V3W 0A8

When: Every Friday, 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Cost: FREE


For more information contact: admin@surreyhospice.com

Vancouver Hospice Society Program

The Vancouver Hospice Society offers two different kinds of grief support groups for adults in the Vancouver area who are grieving the loss of a loved one:

• Adult Bereavement Support Group: has two sessions, yearly. This group meets in the hospice family room at 4615 Granville street. It is facilitated by a clinical counsellor and is free of charge. To register please call 604-737-7305 ext. 216.

• Healing Touch for Bereavement: Healing touch is a relaxation therapy offered by trained volunteers which involves light touch in aid of energy flow in the body. Sessions are offered on Thursday afternoons at 4615 Granville street. To book an appointment, please call 604-737-7305. Please be sure to state that you are new to Healing Touch. Appointments are free of charge but donations to VHS are always welcome as the VHS Hospice and its activities are 100% charitably funded.

Among Friends - Abbotsford: Ongoing

Widows Drop in Coffee Group

Date: January 1 - On going

Time: 9:45am - 11am

Location: Abbotsford Hospice Society, 32780 Marshall Rd.

*No registration required

See flyer here

New West Hospice Society - Bereavement Walking Group: Ongoing

Walk & Talk - Bereavement Support Program

10:00 am on Saturdays on the Boardwalk at the Quay; start location shared when you register.

To register call Judy at 236-333-5150 or email programs@newwesthospice.ca

Grief Support - Abbotsford: ongoing

Among Friends: Widows drop in Coffee Group:  Thursdays 9:45-11:00. No registration required.

A Parents Heart - a Parent's Grief Support Group: Tuesdays, April 2 - May 21, 7-9pm

Location: Abbotsford Hospice Society, 32780 Marshall Rd.

To register or for inquiries: 604-852-2456

See flyer here

Bereavement Support at Burnaby Hospice Society

The Burnaby Hospice Society offers support for residents of Burnaby who are experiencing grief and loss – your loved one does not have to be registered within the Burnaby Palliative Care Program. Click on their Bereavement Support Page for all details.

Individual Counselling
Their registered clinical counselor provides short term individual counselling to anyone within 2 years of loss.

Fitness for the Soul: Workshop & Healing Relaxation
This once monthly (third Thursday of the month) group is for Burnaby caregivers, individuals with life limiting illness, the bereaved and BHS volunteers. The Counsellor will lead participants through a relaxation exercise, as well as guided visualization.

Healing Journeys – A Walking Group for the Bereaved
Burnaby Hospice Society volunteers lead weekly walks on scenic park trails in the City of Burnaby for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one. These walks provide informal grief support, comfort and companionship to make your grief journey bearable. An optional coffee/social time follows each walk.

Surviving the Loss of a Love
This once a month (first Friday of the month) informal support circle is for adults who are looking for a less formal grief support group following the loss of a spouse or life partner.

Healing Connections
This once a month (first Tuesday of the month) informal support circle is for adults who are looking for a less formal grief support group with people like themselves who must continue to make the many difficult adjustments to life following the loss of a loved one.

*Initial registration is required for all groups. A minimum 3 month waiting period after the loss of a loved one is required for all groups. Please call the Bereavement Coordinator at 604-520-5024 or email: counselling@burnabyhospice.org to inquire about groups.

Family Services of the North Shore – Complimentary Restorative Yoga

Family Services of the North Shore is offering complementary Restorative Yoga.

Restorative Yoga is the practice of deep relaxation, stillness and peace. It is for the times when you feel weak, fatigued or stressed from your daily activities. You can practice the poses when ill or recovering from illness or injury.

When: Thursday (first and third)
Time: 9:45am − 11:20am
Location: Mollie Nye House (downstairs entrance), 940 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Instructor: Sylvia del Valle Garcia

To register please call 604-985-8713.
Pre-registration is required.