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Support Groups & Events

Healing Hearts: New Westminster - December 19

Healing Hearts with Moms Stop the Harm is a peer based support group for families and loved ones who have lost someone to a substance related passing.

They meet the third Wednesday of the month.

Next meeting:

Date & Time: December 19 from 6-8pm

Location: Anvile Centre Room 417, 777 Columbia St., New Westminster

For more information or to register please contact:

Lizzy at ratanist@hotmail.com

Chery at cheryldawnw@gmail.com

Or call 604-812-2672.

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.


Celebrate a Life - Ladner - Dec 3-31

The Delta Hospice Society's Centre for Supportive Care invites you to celebrate the lives of those who are important
to you whether they have passed or are in your minds and hearts during difficult times. Delta
community members are invited to honour, remember and celebrate these important
people by writing messages on decorative tribute cards and placing them on the Centre’s
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.

Location: The Centre for Supportive Care. 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent. Ladner, BC.
Date: December 3rd to 31st
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm Monday to Friday (excluding stat holidays)
Price: Free

For any questions please e-mail info@deltahospice.org 

Celebrate a Life - Victoria - Dec 3-31 2018

The holiday season is a time for sharing memories and remembering family and friends.
Victoria Hospice invites you to Celebrate A Life by hanging a personalized tribute card in memory of a loved one.

Place your tribute on our virtual Celebrate A Life tree online, or in person at one of our Celebrate A Life tree locations:

Tillicum Centre (Winner's Entrance), December 10 -  16
Hospice volunteers will be on hand at Tillicum Centre to assist you with this holiday tradition.

- Festival of Trees at The Bay Centre, November 15 - January 7

-Donate online: www.celebratealifevictoria.ca/recent-tributes 

Being with Grief - Jan.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, start 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

Lost Lives: 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

Therapeutic Touch

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.

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

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

             From 9.00 am - 4.00 pm

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

Cost: Early Bird  $100.00 each level till December 21 after that $150.00

Refunds will retain a 15% administration fee up to one week of starting date.

Cancelletion less then one week prior to starting date, no refunds.

For registration contact: Tricia at tricia@surreyhospice.com 


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.