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Support Groups & Events

Support Group "Grad" BBQ Social - Vancouver: July 18th

We will be hosting the 2nd Annual BBQ Social on July 18th at 6:00pm. If you have attended one of our homicide or suicide grief support groups, please join us on this date!

Location: BC Crisis Centre

When: July 18th

Time: 6:00 - 8:30pm

Memorial Butterfly Release - Abbotsford: July 27th

Abbotsford Hospice Society's Annual Memorial Butterfly Release: A Healing Experience for the Whole Family

This is a reminder to join us on July 27th at Tanglebank Gardens for our annual Memorial Butterfly Release. 

The Butterfly is used as a symbol by many hospice societies world-wide. The butterfly symbolizes the transition between life and death. The caterpillar forms its cocoon and prepares to leave life as he knows it, to become a lovely butterfly.

Butterflies must be purchased in advance.

.Date: Saturday, July 27th

Time: 11:00am - 1:00 pm

Location: Tanglebank Gardens & Bistro

29985 Downes Road, Abbotsford BC

Cost: Butterflies $25 each

**Quantity of buterflies is limited and must be reserved in advance at www.abbotsfordhospice.org/butterfly OR by calling 604-852-2456

CMHA Vernon Suicide Grief Support Group - September 4 to October 23

Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon Branch is hosting an eight week suicide grief support group in Vernon.

Dates: Wednesdays starting September 4th, 2019. For eight weeks.

Location: CMHA Vernon

To Register: call 250-542-3114 or email sgsg.vernon@cmha.bc.ca

Suicide Grief Education Seminar - Surrey: September 12

The BCBH is hosting a Suicide Grief Education Seminar on September 12.

Suicide bereavement educator and family therapist, Jessica Wolf Ortiz, will be leading an interactive seminar on the impact of suicide, suicide bereavement and what it looks like, the effects to the family and the start of the healing journey. If you would like to learn more about suicide, if you work with affected families, are a first responder, student or other helping professional, please mark your calendar!

  • Date: Thursday, September 12
  • Location: Kwantlen Polytechnic Conference Centre, Surrey Cedar Building Room 1205 (pay parking is available on site)
  • Time: 7-9pm, with 30 minute social hour prior to the start
  • To register: please email contact@bcbh.ca or call us at 604-738-9950.
  • Price: $50 suggested donation to the BC Bereavement Helpline

Suicide Grief Support Group - Sept. 17 - Nov. 5: E. Vancouver

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.

Our eight-week support groups meet once a week for two hours and may include up to ten participants. Our trained facilitators are committed to providing:

  •  A safe, non-judgmental, compassionate environment with time for restorative sharing of stories and insights
  •  Essential grief and mourning survival tools to help survivors in their daily lives
  •  Practical support and information as well as valuable community connections
  •  A respectful space for honouring the life of the person who has died

Dates:  Tuesdays from September 17th to November 5th, 2019

Location: BC Crisis Centre, Vancouver

Spots are limited to 10 and this does fill up. To get your name on the waiting list and to be contacted for the next group, or for more information, please call the BC Bereavement Helpline at 604-738-9950 or email us at contact@bcbh.ca.

Grief Education Workshop - Sep 21st, 28th, & Oct 5th, 2019

This workshop, put on by the Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society,  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.

Please see the LMGRS website for more information:

Date: Sep 21st, 28th & Oct 5th

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Christ Church Cathedral - Burrard & Georgia, Vancouver, BC

Cost: Early Bird $450 until July 31st and $480 afterwards

Registration: Contact LMGRS at lmgr@lmgr.ca for more information and registration.


LMGRS Monthly Grief Circle - Vancouver: Ongoing

If you have completed a grief support program with the Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society (no matter how long ago) you are welcome to join the Monthly Grief Circle for Past Participants.

Please email lmgr@lmgr.ca if you are interested in attending. Please allow 3 business days for a response.

Suicide Grief Support Group - Ladner: Oct 15 - Dec 3

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 bereavement counsellor-led 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.

Date: Tuesdays, October 15th - December 3rd, 2019

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Location: Centre for Supportive Care

4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, Delta BC

Cost: Free

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

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

Grief Support Groups - Vancouver: Starting Oct 8 & 21, 2019

The Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society regularly offers grief support group programs in the Vancouver area. Upcoming sessions:

Downtown Vancouver (Georgia & Burrard) 
Monday evenings; six sessions from 7 – 9pm
Next program will be offered: Oct. 21 - Dec. 2, 2019 (no session Nov. 11)
Registration/Intake will begin September 21, 2019

Kerrisdale (37th & Larch)
Tuesday evenings; six sessions from 7 – 9pm
Next program will be offered: Oct. 8 - Nov. 12, 2019
Registration/Intake will begin September 8, 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. 

LMGRS does not have a dedicated receptionist. The best way to reach us is by email. To register, please email lmgr@lmgr.ca. Please state which Program, Location and Date you are interested in attending. 

MAiD Bereavement Support Group - Victoria: Ongoing

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

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

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.