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Support Groups & Events

Trauma Workshop

This workshop is being offered to adults who have experienced the death of a loved one due to Suicide, Homicide, Road Accident, Plane Crash, etc.

We hope to be able to share what that loss is like and learn some tools on how to understand the grieving process when trauma happens and how that affects every part of our lives. 

Date: Thursday Aug 9th 

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Place: Valley View Funeral Home 14660 72 Ave Surrey

To register: Please email mferguson@arbormemorial.com or call 604-596-8866


Learn Mindfulness Online

Mindfulness Courses

The Crisis Centre is offering an  8-week Online Program.

8-Week Online Program: Mindfulness Online Webinar
Date: 8 Wednesdays, July 18 to Sept 5
Location: Online
Time: 10am to 11am Or by recording
Cost: $99/subsidized $49

Email: info@crisiscentre.bc.ca

Registration and additional information can be found down below.

Learn Mindfulness Online

Mindfulness Courses

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

Grief Info night flyer 2018

2018 Grief Education Workshop (GEW/Professional Development)

This workshop 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.

Location: Heron Room, 3rd floor of historic Stanley Park Dining Pavilion, Vancouver BC

Date: September 8, 22, 29 (3 non-consecutive Saturdays)
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Regular rate: $479.00 – Early bird rate of $419 if paid by August 1st, 2018
Student rate or Bring a Friend Rate: $419.00 per person
Registration cut-off date: August 24, 2018

Registration process: Registration required. Please email: lmgr@lmgr.ca

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 TLFT Registration Form – BLANK and email it to contact@bcbh.ca.

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

Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society – Support Groups

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.

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 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

Healing Journeys – A Walking Group for the Bereaved

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.

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.

Adult Grief Group  invites adults who have experienced the death of a loved one to come together and participate in a supportive group.

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.

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.

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.

Family Services of the North Shore – Complementary 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.

Spring Bereavement Walking Program

The Vancouver Hospice Society is hosting an 8-Week Bereavement Walking Program for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Walkers may join at any time. Attendance at all walks is not required.

For more info or to register, please contact:

Sue Wong at 604-731-7805 or
Patricia Ryan at 604-263-1325

Bereavement Walking Flyer – Spring 2018

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.