Grief During the Holidays

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For some this season is not a time of good cheer. The Holidays can be difficult for many, as we grieve the loss of our loved ones during a time that is supposed to be about celebration and family.

Suggestions to Cope with the Holidays

Click here to watch a video with grief expert, David Kessler. He’s included:

  • Strategies for coping with loss during the holidays
  • How to cope with the feelings of overwhelm and sadness
  • Ways to honor your loved one during the holiday season
  • How to get the support you need

Grief During the Holidays Events

Island Narrative Therapy Counselling Present: Holiday Grief Support Group

Island Narrative Therapy invites you to join a Holiday Grief Support Group open to those grieving a significant death loss. The time will open with a craft devoted to the memory of the deceased loved one and a candle lit in their honour. Discussion will centre around the struggles people experience with grief during the holiday season and ways each person has approached rituals and traditions without their special person.

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

Location: Fernwood Community Association Boardroom (map), VICTORIA , B.C
Space is limited so please pre-register by emailing [email protected] or calling 250.880.9363.

Tea and Dessert will be served.

This event is FREE.

Island Narrative Therapy Counselling Present: DEATH CAFE

Have you ever wanted to talk to others openly about death without the conversation feeling weird and awkward? You can do just that in a Death Cafe.

A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion about death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Death Cafes have no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.

Death Cafes often bring together strangers with the common desire to talk about death. Dessert is always served.

Death Cafes are not for profit global gatherings and are free of charge. They are valuable because people of all cultures desire to normalize conversations about death.

To learn more, visit If you plan on attending this event, please register by emailing [email protected].

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Time: 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

Location: Fernwood Community Association Auditorium1923 Fernwood Road VICTORIA, BC, V8T 2Y6Canada (map)