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Support Groups & Events

Surrey Hospice: Body, Mind, Spirit

Time & Location

Oct. 20, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 12666 72 Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 2M8, Canada

Tickets available online $25  or by phone at 604-584-7006.

All proceeds of this event will go towards supporting individuals and families in the Surrey Community grieving the loss of a loved one.

Grief Support Groups - Vancouver: Starting Oct 9 or Oct 22

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.

Programs starting October 9th in Kerrisdale, and October 22 in Downtown Vancouver.

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 Walking Program - Vancouver, start Sept. 26th & Sept. 29th

Bereavement Walking Program - Vancouver, start Sept. 26th & Sept. 29th

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.
Fall sessions start on Wed, Sept 26th & Sat, Sept 29th, 2018
(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

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 registration form and email it to contact@bcbh.ca.


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

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, Oct. 15-Nov 26 (no group on Nov. 12).

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.

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

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Adult Grief Support Program - Vancouver, Nov. 7th - Dec. 12th

A support group for adults who have experienced the death of a spouse.
The support group is led by a trained counselor. Each of the six weeks will focus on a different theme, such as “the work of grief”, “resiliency”, “finding meaning”, “change”.
The group includes a discussion of coping strategies and helpful resources.

Location: Vancouver Hospice Society at 4615 Granville Street
Dates: 6 – 8 PM on Wednesday evenings
From November 7th – December 12th, 2018
Pre-registration is required.

For information or to register, please contact Kayla Hochfelder: 
By phone: (604) 737-7305 local 216
Or e-mail counselling@vancouverhospice.org

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.