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BC Bereavement Helpline 31st Anniversary Pub Night Fundraiser!

On Sunday, November 10th, 2019, our organization will be celebrating our 31 year anniversary by organizing a Pub night fundraiser at The Backstage Lounge on Granville Island! Please come join us for an evening of food, prizes, and fun. 100% of the proceeds go to the BC Bereavement Helpline. 

When: Sunday, November 10th from 5pm - 8pm.

Where: The Backstage Lounge on Granville Island

1585 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

Cost: $30.00 (Includes a pint of beer and a burger (veggie or beef) & fries or salad. 

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bc-bereavement-helpline-31st-annual-fundraiser-tickets-75031993713

**Payment also accepted by banktransfer or by cash at the door on the night of the event. 


Stronger Together Dialogue Circle for Families who have lost loved ones to substance use - Vancouver: November 14th

For families who have lost loved ones to substance use. We invite you to share experiences of grief and loss and to discuss how care and support can be improved for people who use substances and their families. *Light refreshments provided*

Date & time: November 14th, 6:30-9PM
Address: 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver BC
Details & registration: strongertogethervan.eventbrite.ca
Call BCBH: 1-877-779-2223 (toll free)
Email: community@bccsu.ubc.ca


Anticipating Special Occasions & Holidays While Grieving - Ladner: November 14th

What: Join us for an evening of sharing and reflection, and learning how to navigate birthdays, holidays and other special celebrations. There will be a talk and music presentation about grief and loss, and practical options for managing special occasions and holidays. Bring your questions and thoughts. We will have live music & the fire will be on. Helpful handouts will be available. Family and friends are welcome. Goodies will be served!

When: Thursday, November 14, 7–9 pm

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

Registration: Pre-register, if possible, by calling call 604.948.0660 or emailingdebra@deltahospice.org


Stronger Together Grief and Loss Support Group Facilitators' Learning Session - Vancouver: November 16th or 21st

Introduces the basics of facilitating an 8-week support group for traumatic loss; homicide, suicide or a loss due to substance use. Both dates are the same training, please register only for one date. *Breakfast & lunch provided*

Date & time: November 16th 9am-4pm, OR November 21st 9:30am-4:30pm
Address: 5251 Oak Street OR 5175 Dumfries Street
Details & registration: strongertogethervan.eventbrite.ca
Call BCBH: 1-877-779-2223 (toll free)
Email: community@bccsu.ubc.ca


Stronger Together Dialogue Circle for Service Providers - Vancouver: November 18th

We invite you to share your experiences supporting patients and clients who use substances and their families and your recommendations for improvement. *Light refreshments provided*

Date & time: November 18th, 9-11:30am
Address: 555 W12th ave, Vancouver BC
Details & registration: strongertogethervan.eventbrite.ca
Call BCBH: 1-877-779-2223 (toll free)
Email: community@bccsu.ubc.ca


Healing Hearts Support Group with Moms Stop the Harm - New Westminster - November 20th

A peer-based support group for families and loved ones who have lost someone to a substance-related passing.

Date: November 20th, 2019

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Anvil Centre Room 411, 777 Columbia St., New Westminster, B.C.

This group meets on the third Wednesday of the month, with a goal of creating a safe place to share and remember loved ones. There will be two members of the New Westminster Overdose Community Action joining for the first part of the meeting as special guest speakers. They will provide an overview of their role in the community and participate in a round table check-in. NWOCAT was formed in 2018 as part of the provincial government response to the 18 hardest hit communities by the overdose crisis. The overdoes community action teams are intended to develop innovative, local and relevant ways to mitigate the overdose crisis.

For more information or to register, please email Lizzy or call Cheryl at 604-812-2672.


Speaker Series - Duncan - November 21st

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PST

Location: Cowichan Golf Club, 4955 Trans-Canada Hwy, Duncan, V0R 1N1

Cost: Please click here.

In honour of National Bereavement Day, BCBH Board President, John Dubé, will be speaking at this luncheon hosted by the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Sands Funeral Chapel about the components and services that the BCBH delivers provincially, as well as resources that are available in our region. John will share information on some of the organization's work with bereaved individuals and the impact of bereavement in the workplace. Learn about the positive impact BCBH's group support model is having on bereaved individuals, and what businesses can do to support grieving employees.

Register here: https://duncancc.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/7205

For more information on the event, please click here or contact Alec Wheeler, Events & Membership Manager, at (250) 748-1111, or send an email


Stronger Together Dialogue Circle for Families with loved ones in active addiction - Vancouver: November 22nd

We invite you to share your experiences supporting your loved ones and to discuss how care and support can be improved for peopel who use substances and their families. *Light refreshments provided*

Date & time: November 22nd, 1-3:30pm
Address: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver BC
Details & registration: strongertogethervan.eventbrite.ca
Call BCBH: 1-877-779-2223 (toll free)
Email: community@bccsu.ubc.ca


Survivors of Suicide Loss Day - Vancouver: November 23

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day - November 23, 2019

Hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the BC Crisis Centre. Please join us for a screening of a short documentary followed by group brekaout sessions, a light lunch, and a commemorative activity.

Attendance is by donation.

Date: Saturday, November 23

Location: #400 - 2245 West Broadway, Vancouver BC

Time: 10am - 2pm

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.


Stronger Together Coping Families Support Group Facilitators' Learning Session - Vancouver: November 23rd OR December 7th

Introduces the Parents Forever peer support group model and coping tips and techniques for families and caregivers supporting a loved one in active addiction. Both dates are the same training, please register only for one date. *Breakfast & lunch provided*

Date & time: November 23rd 9:30am-4:30pm, OR December 7th 9am-4pm
Address: 5288 Joyce Street OR 1 Athletes Way
Details & registration: strongertogethervan.eventbrite.ca
Call BCBH: 1-877-779-2223 (toll free)
Email: community@bccsu.ubc.ca


The Dave Lede Campus of Care Lights Up for Christmas - November 27th


Coffee Get Together: Drop In Grief Support Group - Squamish: Oct 11 - Nov 29

Find the time for yourself, and be supported as you continue to make the many difficult adjustments to life following the loss of a loved one.

Date: Every Friday, starting October 11th - November 29th 

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm

Location: Sea to Sky Community Hospice

Cost: Free to the community, all welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Email carlee.baker@vch.ca, or call 604-567-2009 for more information.


Celebrate a Life - Ladner, December 2 - 31

For many years, Delta Hospice "Celebrate a Life" tributes have honoured the lives of those who are important to us, whether they have passed, or are in our minds and hearts during difficult times.  Community members are invited to honour, remember and celebrate the lives of someone important to them by writing messages on decorative tribute cards and placing them on the "Celebrate a Life" tree or display area.  Another card may be taken home as a memento.

This tradition of writing a tribute is symbolic of the love and memories we carry in our hearts and helps us to remember the experiences we have shared.

Donations are gratefully accepted in support of Delta Hospice programs and patient care, but are not required.

We invite you to attend this year's "Celebrate a Life" event at the Centre for Supportive Care (4631 Coarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner; 604-948-0660) from December 2 - 31, Monday to Friday from 10 am - 3 pm, except holidays.  Display will be on until the New Year.  

Date: Dec. 2 - 31, 2019

Time: Monday to Friday from 10 am - 3 pm, except holidays

Location: Centre for Supportive Care (4631 Coarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner)

Cost: Free; however, donations are gratefully accepted in support of Delta Hospice programs and patient care, but are not required.


Rain Down Words Grief Writing Workshop - Vancouver: Oct. 24th to Dec. 12th

Writing through grief offers you the opportunity to:

  • reflect on the meaning and significance of the loss in your life as it applies to your inner self.
  • write your feelings down as a map of your journey towards healing.
  • separate and sort through all the confusion and conflicting emotions that surface after a loss.
  • let off steam, release tension and express creative urges in a safe and harmless way.
  • clarify what you are thinking and feeling as you move from thinking to writing it down.

Debbie uses guided meditation and structured writes to explore the different dimensions of grief and yourself. Obtain the relief that comes when you can express your thoughts and feelings and know that you have put them down somewhere. Whether the grief you carry is from an actual death or from some of the many losses we sustain in life, come and be welcomed into a safe space with other grief journeyers. 

When: Four Week Series, Thursday Oct. 24th, Nov. 7th, Nov. 21st, and Dec. 12th (7pm to 9pm)
Where: Kitsilano/Cornwall area, Vancouver (more location info once registered)

Register at https://www.raindownwords.com/grief-loss-four-week-series
Please register to secure your space. Once you register an email will be sent with payment, location and workshop information. 
**the same participants will attend each week. Closed group after the first week.


Complimentary Relaxation Circle - Ongoing

For senior caregivers and adults living with life-limiting or chronic illness, or grieving the death of someone close. Come experience a nurturing treatment of gentle touch, healing touch or therapeutic touch combined with guided visualization to promote a sense of well-being and deep relaxation.

Date: 1st Wednesday of each month

Time: 1:50 - 3:30 pm

Location: Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver, BC

Cost: Free, but registration is required

Registration: Call 604-985-8713 or email quenneville@familyservices.bc.ca for more information and registration.


Suicide Bereavement Alumni Group - Delta: Ongoing

If you have previously attended a suicide bereavement support group and would like to connect with others with similar experiences on an ongoing or occasional basis, then join the Centre for Supportive Care’s Suicide Bereavement Alumni Group. This FREE bereavement counsellor- or trained volunteer-led peer support group is open to all communities and is drop-in, so there is no commitment to attend every month.  Registration prior to attending is required.

Date: Every 2nd Tuesday of each month

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Centre for Supportive Care

4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, Delta BC

Cost: Free

For Registration and additional Information: Contact Teresa at 604-948-0660(*312) or at teresa@deltahospice.org


MAiD Bereavement Support Group - Victoria: Ongoing

When a family member or close friend chooses medical assistance in dying (MAiD), those left behind may experience a wide range of emotions and possibly conflicting feelings about the choice their loved one made. Grief and loss (bereavement) support is available.

Our bereavement support group for family and friends of MAiD recipients in the Victoria area is judgment free, safe, compassionate environment to share and express your feelings and emotions. This group is founded on a supportive culture of end-of-life dignity and freedom of choice.

Date: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
Time: 3:00–4:30 P.M.
Location: Victoria Health Unit 1947 Cook St., Victoria, BC

For information contact: Oceanna Hall, M.Div M.Ed.
CASC Clinical Specialist
250-886-1077


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 been 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


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


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.


Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP) Surrey

Langley, Surrey and Fraser Valley GRASP Chapter - Ongoing

Grief Recovery After Substance Passing (GRASP) was created to offer understanding, compassion, and support for those who have lost someone they love through addiction and overdose. Meet those who have suffered this same kind of loss and have found the love and connection that only those who have lived this loss can give another.

Days/dates: First Thursday of Each Month
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: Surrey. Please contact facilitator for exact location. 

Contact Person: Heather Mullen
Email Address: grasplangleysurreyfraservalley@gmail.com
Primary Phone Number: (604) 616-4800