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safeTALK Suicide Alterness Training Sept 10

safeTALK is a half-day interactive workshop in suicide alertness. Learn to:

  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts may be present,
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked,
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide,
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, KeepSafe,

safeTALK is designed for anyone age 15 or older, including many in more formal helping roles.


CMHA Vancouver-Fraser Branch will be offering safeTALK training in              



 Monday September 10th 2018    12:30PM- 4:00PM (You must attend all hours of training.)

WSPD Special rate: $10+GST


Valley View Funeral Home & Cemetery

14660 72nd Avenue, Surrey BC CA, V3S 2E7


This training is for adult participants.

You must be 15 and older to register for this training.


Talking about suicide can be difficult, however, more so if you have recently been impacted by a suicide attempt or death.  We encourage you to take significant time for healing before attending this training.

To register, contact

Sherry Waters at    sherry.waters@cmha.bc.ca

World Suicide Prevention Day Lantern Making Sept 10

Valley View Funeral Home is hosting a Lantern Making and Walk on World Suicide Prevention Day. Please join in acknowledging those we have lost and carry hope forward by creating suicide safer communities. 

When: Monday Sept 10

Time: 7:00 PM

Where: 14660 72 Ave Surrey

Please contact to register: mferguson@arbormemorial.com

Trauma Workshop

This workshop is being offered to adults who have experienced the death of a loved one due to Suicide, Homicide, Road Accident, Plane Crash, etc.

We hope to be able to share what that loss is like and learn some tools on how to understand the grieving process when trauma happens and how that affects every part of our lives. 

Date: Thursday Aug 9th 

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Place: Valley View Funeral Home 14660 72 Ave Surrey

To register: Please email mferguson@arbormemorial.com or call 604-596-8866


2018 Grief Education Workshop (GEW/Professional Development)

This workshop is designed for those who want to develop a better understanding of how to help people who are dealing with loss and grief. It may be of special benefit to professionals who work in healthcare, financial services, insurance, law, HR/EAP and college/university counselling departments, but anyone with an interest in this area/topic is welcome.

Location: Heron Room, 3rd floor of historic Stanley Park Dining Pavilion, Vancouver BC

Date: September 8, 22, 29 (3 non-consecutive Saturdays)
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Regular rate: $479.00 – Early bird rate of $419 if paid by August 1st, 2018
Student rate or Bring a Friend Rate: $419.00 per person
Registration cut-off date: August 24, 2018

Registration process: Registration required. Please email: lmgr@lmgr.ca

safeTALK Suicide Alertness Training: Sept. 10 - Surrey

To honour World Suicide Prevention Day Valley View Funeral Home is pleased to be hosting the safeTALK Suicide Alertness Training. In this half-day workshop you will learn to:

  • - notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts may be present
  • - recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  • - move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  • - apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, Keep Safe

When: Monday, September 10

Time: 12:30 - 4:00pm

Cost: WSPD special rate $10 + GST

Where: Valley View Funeral Home, 14660 72nd Ave, Surrey V3S 2E7

Age: you must be 15 and older to register

Contact: email sherry.waters @cmha.bc.ca or visit vf.cmha.bc.ca

Suicide Grief Support Group - Vancouver, Sept. 11 - Oct. 30, 2018

The BC Bereavement Helpline and the BC Crisis Centre are hosting a grief support group for those who have been bereaved by suicide. Being with others who have experienced a similar loss has proven to break isolation and create long-term networks of support. This support group is an 8-week program for up to 10 participants. You must be able to attend all sessions.

Dates:  Every Tuesday starting September 11 - October 30

Time:  6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: The BC Crisis Centre at 763 East Broadway

Cost:  $120

Spots are limited to 10 and this does fill up. To register, or for more information, please call the BC Bereavement Helpline at 604-738-9950 or email us at contact@bcbh.ca.

Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training, Sept. 15 & 16 - Nanaimo

Nanaimo Hospice is  hosting a two-day training session on September 15 & 16 at Hospice House in Nanaimo for individuals and professionals who wish to be trained to run an eight week traumatic death (including homicide and suicide) grief support group. This training will build upon the individual's pre-existing skill-set and introduce topics specific to traumatic loss.

The cost of the workshop is $300 and is due at time of registration. Lunch is included.

Space is limited. To register, download the REGISTRATION FORM, or for more information, please contact Shannon Farahbakhsh at 250-591-8811 or shannonf@nanaimohospice.com.

Participants will receive a manual, (the BCBH Resource Guide for Facilitators of Traumatic Loss Support Groups) which includes: facilitation guidelines, intake guidelines, curriculum examples, templates, weekly activities/handouts, exercises, and a resource list for facilitators.

The facilitator for this workshop is Shauna Janz. Shauna is dedicated to companioning others in healing and wholeness through offerings of individual and family grief support, trauma-informed group process, and healing ritual facilitation. She is honored to be a part of the team at the BC Bereavement Helpline as a facilitator of both traumatic loss support groups and the traumatic loss facilitator training. She lives in Victoria, where she leads the organization, Learning Through Loss, providing grief support and education to youth and youth-serving professionals, and works in her private practice, Sacred Grief.

Companioning Grief: Supporting those experiencing loss

Allies in Aging is pleased to present a workshop on Companioning Grief: Supporting those experiencing loss, for Volunteers and Service Providers who work with seniors. Please click here to register.

• Identify the central needs of those who are grieving different forms of loss.

• Appreciate different grieving styles and the multi-faceted way individuals experience grief.

• Explore helpful ways to support a senior who is grieving.

This workshop will be presented by Dr. Catherine Hajnal, Grief Educator, Speaker and Consultant.

When:  Tuesday, September 18,  11:40am – 3:00pm (registration 11:40am to 12:00pm)

Where: 2121 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver

Cost:  Free. Click here to register. We encourage you to bring your own mug.​ Refreshments will be provided.​ 

Call 604-985-8713 or email quenneville@familyservices.bc.ca

Being With Grief: Education Evenings

If you have recently experienced the death of a loved one, we invite you to an education session to learn and share.

You may find it helpful if you have been wondering ….
“Is this normal?  Am I normal?’ 
‘What are common grief responses‎’?
‘How do I know if I need additional help?  
Where can I get it if I do?’

Dates: October 24
Time: 6:00PM – 8:30PM

Pre-registration required

To register or for more information on the session, please contact Nancy Chan Palliative Ambulatory Clinic at 604-659-1160 or nancychanclinic@vch.ca

These one-time sessions are facilitated in collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Home Hospice Team and Providence Health Palliative Care Unit

Grief Info night flyer 2018

Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training: October 26-27 – Vancouver

BCBH will be facilitating our next Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training session on October 26-27, 2018.

This two-day session is for individuals and professionals who wish to be trained to run an eight week traumatic death (including homicide and suicide, with conversation around substance use as well) grief support group. This training will build upon the individual’s pre-existing skill-set and introduce topics specific to traumatic loss.  Upon completion, attendees will receive the resource guide including 8 week curriculum examples, educational information, suggested exercises and tactics to help the grieving cope with their grief.

Location: East Vancouver, 763 East Broadway

Date: Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm each day

Facilitator: John Dube

Price: Earlybird rate of $250 (regular $300) per person expires September 21, 2018. Payments are not yet being accepted. We will contact you when payment options are available.

If you are interested reserving a spot for this event, please fill out the TLFT Registration Form – BLANK and email it to contact@bcbh.ca.

Surrey Hospice Society: Morning Coffee Drop-In

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

For more information click: Morning Coffee Drop-in Flyer

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.

Spring Bereavement Walking Program

The Vancouver Hospice Society is hosting an 8-Week Bereavement Walking Program for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Walkers may join at any time. Attendance at all walks is not required.

For more info or to register, please contact:

Sue Wong at 604-731-7805 or
Patricia Ryan at 604-263-1325

Bereavement Walking Flyer – Spring 2018

Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society – Support Groups

LMGRS Grief Support Group Programs are set up with a three-pronged approach:

  • To receive practical information and tools to help you cope with your loss.
  • A chance to connect with others who are also struggling and who ‘get it’.
  • A process-oriented approach that includes week-to-week practices (Heart-work) to help you with your healing journey.

The programs are non-religious and open to those who have experienced the death of a significant person. The fee for the program is $200.00.

Please see the LMGRS website for more information on the next available support groups.

If you do not have email access, please call 604-696-1060 and leave a message.

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

Healing Journeys – A Walking Group for the Bereaved

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.

Delta Hospice Grief Support

The Delta Hospice Society offers the following complimentary bereavement support groups. For more information including the dates of any of the groups listed below, please call 604-948-0660

The groups meet at the Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner

Adult Grief Group  invites adults who have experienced the death of a loved one to come together and participate in a supportive group. Six Wednesdays, 1-3 pm, Oct. 24-Nov. 28

Bereavement Self-Care/Relaxation Group welcomes adults who have experienced the death of a loved one to join its self-care/relaxation group to learn a variety of self-care techniques and participate in experiential guided relaxation. Six Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, Oct. 25-Nov. 29

Adult Bereavement Walking Group If you have been bereaved recently, consider joining the Delta Hospice Society’s Adult Bereavement Walking Group where you can walk & talk 50-60 minutes with others in similar situations. Six Wednesdays from 10:30-noon, Sept. 12 -Oct. 17

Kids Grieve Too Delta Hospice Society is pleased to offer Kids Grieve Too –  bereavement groups to support children ages 7-12. These groups apply expressive arts and play therapy to reduce anxiety and anger, promote healthy expression of difficult emotions, increase understanding of grief and loss, and provide support through connection with others. Six Mondays, 4-6 pm, Sept 24-Nov 5 (no group on Oct. 8).

Shopping & Cooking for One Are you recently bereaved with limited shopping & cooking skills? 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. Four Tuesdays, 10-noon, Oct. 16-Nov. 6.

Family Services of the North Shore – Complementary 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.