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Support Groups & Events

Among Friends - Abbotsford: Jan 1 - 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


Caregiving Through Grief - Abbotsford: Jan 9 - Feb 27

Abbotsford Hospice Society is holding informational and experiential workshops for caregivers of grieving children and youth who are seeking practical tools and support as they navigate through grief and loss.

Date: January 9th - February 27th

Time: 9:30am - 11:30am

Location: Abbotsford Hospice Society, 32780 Marshall Rd.

To register or for inquiries: 604-852-2456 ext. 418 OR leanne@abbotsfordhospice.org

See flyer here

Suicide Grief Support Group - Abbotsford: Jan 15 - Mar 5

Abbotsford Hospice Society will be facilitating a Suicide Grief Support Group for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one.

Date: Tuesdays, January 15 - March 5

Time: 1:00 - 3:00pm

Location: Abbotsford Hospice Society, 32780 Marshall Rd.

Please call 604-852-2456 to register.

See flyer here

The Compassionate Friends - Burnaby: Jan 17

Come join in this sharing circle with people who have experienced the unimaginable loss of a child. 

We are hoping to provide families with support, understanding and friendship in their healing journey. 

Please bring a photo of your child.

Date: Thursday, January 17 

Time: 7pm

Location: Pioneer Community Resource Centre 5th Floor 4535 Kingsway. Burnaby, BC

*No cost, but please register: Grace at VancouverbbyTLC@hotmail.com


Grief Support Group - North Vancouver: Jan 22 - Mar 13

Date: Wednesdays January 22- March 13

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Location: Sunrise Senior Living 980 Lynn Valley Road North Vancouver

To register: cost is free, but preregistration is required.

Call (604) 985-8713 or email queenneville@familyservices.bc.ca.

Understanding Your Grief - Abbotsford: Jan 23 - Mar 27

Adult Grief Support Group

Date: January 23 - March 27

Time: 1pm - 3pm

Location: Abbotsford Hospice Society, 32780 Marshall Rd.

To register: 604-852-2456

See flyer here


Being with Grief - Vancouver: January 23

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

Poster: Being with Grief

Date: Wednesday, January 23.

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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

Bereavement Walking Program - Vancouver: Jan. 23rd & Jan. 26th, 2019

Bereavement Walking Program - Vancouver, start Jan. 23rd & Jan. 26th, 2019

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.
Winter sessions start on Wed, Jan 23rd & Sat, Jan.26th, 2019
(Walkers may join at any time. Attendance at all walks is not required).

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

Moving Beyond the Pain - Surrey: February 2

Why is life so painful?

Developing a deeper understanding of what pain is teaching us will help us take ownership of our lives.We spend so much time fixing our outer world, now it is time for us to change our focus and understand our inner world! Utilizing butting edge therapeutic modalities and yogic technology we will explore:

  • family patterns
  • limiting belief systems that block us from connecting with our inner wisdowm
  • emotional blocks and how to release these in a healthy way
  • the root cause of anger, guilt and shame

Date: February 2, 2019 1

Time: 12:00 to 4:30 PM

Location: Surrey Guilford Library Meeting, Room. 15105 - 105 Ave, Surrey, BC

Fee: $45.00

For registration and more information call: (604) 561-2700 or email jascheema@shaw.ca

Lost Loves: Don't Dine Alone - Surrey Feb. 10 2019 

About The Event
An evening dinner event designed to support individuals who are grieving the death of their partner through the Valentine’s Day season. The Surrey Hospice Society believes that no one should face a life-ending experience alone, and that no one should be alone with their grief.

Time & Location
Feb. 10, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location is TBD

Please note that this application is only part of the registration process. to complete registration please call 604-584-7006 or email tricia@surreyhospice.com

Grief Writing Workshops - Vancouver: February & March

Grief and Loss Writing to Heal

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.

4-Week Series

Dates: Mondays starting Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 25 and March 4th.     

Time: 7pm to 9:15pm

Location: 2965 Fir Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Registration: https://www.raindownwords.com/grief-loss-four-week-series

Grief & Loss One-evening Workshops

Monday, January 28, 2019  7:00pm - 9:15pm

Monday, March18, 2019  7:00pm - 9:15pm

Registration: https://www.raindownwords.com/grief-loss-writing-to-heal

Once you register an email will be sent to you with payment and location information and workshop details.

Therapeutic Touch - Surrey: February & March

Offered by RN BSN Cheryl Lardon, Recognized Therapeutic, Touch Practitioner and Teacher.- www.healing connection.com

Therapeutic Touch is a gentle non invasive therapy using near touch and light touch to support and stimulate the body's own healing processes.

Dates:  Level 1 Friday and Saturday, February 8th and 9th, 2019 

Level 2 Friday and Saturday, March 8th and 9th, 2019 

Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm

Location: Valley View Funeral Home  - 14644-72nd Ave. Surrey, BC V3S 2E7

Cost: $150.00

Registration: emailTricia at tricia@surreyhospice.com 


Stronger Together - Navigating the Personal Impacts of Substance Use: Surrey - Feb 13-16, 2019

Stronger Together is a series of dialogue and learning sessions for families and allies impacted by substance use to understand the local challenges and opportunities faced by families and provide learning opportunities for those interested in hosting support groups for one another. There will be 4 dialogue sessions to discuss what is working well, what is not working well and what are your hopes and dreams for:

  • Families with loved ones in active addiction
  • Indigenous families affected by substance use
  • Families who have lost loved ones to substance use
  • Service providers working with families

Date: February 13 - 16, 2019

Location: Surrey, BC

Stay tuned for detailed scheduling information and locations.


Suicide Grief Support Group - Delta: March 26 - May 14

If you are an adult who has had a loss due to suicide and want the support of others in similar circumstances, then consider joining the Centre for Supportive Care’s FREE Suicide Grief Support Group. You will have opportunities to share your feelings and thoughts in a safe and supportive environment, learn about coping strategies and resources, and develop community with others.


The group is co-sponsored by the Delta Hospice Society and the Delta Funeral Home


Tuesday for 8 weeks, March 26- May 14; 1-3 pm. For info & to register, contact Teresa at 604-948-0660 *312 or teresa@deltahospice.org OR Debra at 604-948-0660 * 303 or debra@deltahospice.org



Centre for Supportive Care

4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner

A Parent's Heart - Abbotsford: Apr 2 - May 21

Parent Grief Support Group

Date: April 2 - May 21


Location: Abbotsford Hospice Society, 32780 Marshall Rd.

To register: 604-852-2456

See flyer here

Suicide Grief Support Group - Vancouver: April 16th - June 4th, 2019

Dates: April 16th to June 4th, 2019

Time:  Every Tuesday from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: BC Crisis Centre 763 E Broadway 

Cost: $120

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.

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.

Homicide Grief Support Group - Vancouver: May 1 - June 4

Create long-term networks of support and share your stories with those who have experienced a similair loss. 

Date: Wednesdays, May 1 - June 4

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Vancouver (full address disclosed upon registration)

Cost: $120

To register: 604-738-9950 or contact@bcbh.ca

Delta Hospice Society Bereavement Programs

Grief Support Groups

Starting in Februrary 2019, the Delta Hospice Society will run two free support groups out of the Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner.

Location: 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner.

Contact: For more information or to pre-register, contact the Centre for Supportive Care at 604-948-0660.

Kids Grieve Too

If you know or have a child who is grieving the loss of significant person, consider Kids Grieve Too, counsellor-led bereavement support groups for children, aged 7-12. These groups apply expressive arts and play to reduce anxiety and anger, promote healthy expression of difficult emotions, increase understanding of grief & loss, and provide support through connection with others.

The program is complimentary and held at the Centre for Supportive Care.  For info & to register, contact Teresa at 604-948-0660 * 312 or teresa@deltahospice.org.

The group will meet on five Wednesdays, 4-6 pm from February 6 - March 6, 2019

Adult Grief Group

Have you recently experienced the death of a loved one? Then consider joining a safe & 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.

Date: February 27 - April 3

Time: Each Wednesday at 1:00 - 3:00pm

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

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.

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.