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Support Groups & Events

In Person Gathering for Suicide Loss Survivors

This is a free in-person gathering that offers a space to meet and connect with others who have had similar life experiences.

This social gathering will be held in an open public space (Jericho Beach). The event will offer a healing sound bath, a meditative and relaxing experience where one is “bathed” in sound waves from singing bowls and gongs). After the sound bath, there will be time for social connections and food/drink. 

 

Who is it for? 

This event is for anyone who has experienced a suicide loss and who wants to join others in building a supportive community of survivors. 

 

Questions?

Please email bereavement@crisiscentre.bc.ca

The exact address will be given to registrants closer to the date.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/391295434177

 

** If you sign up for this event, we are reserving your space and purchasing food/refreshments, etc. please let us know if you cannot attend with as much notice as possible


BRITISH COLUMBIA - TBA - TRAUMATIC LOSS & DIVERSITY SUPPORT

  • seeking 4 to 6 participants
  • bereaved by a sudden, traumatic death
  • involves one 2-3-hour session held weekly on zoom
  • approximately 12 weeks duration
  • no cost to participate
  • private & confidential by signed agreement
  • discussion guided by Bereaved Peer,  Joanna Lundy
  • session material based on the works of Resmaa Menakem, Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Gabor Mate & others
  • discussion focused on the history of colonization, systemic oppression, examining common bias, assumptions & perceptions as it relates to grief and justice
  • a space to develop compassion for ourselves and others as we explore our diversity and the diversity of our deceased loved ones

For more information please contact:

Joanna Lundy,  Founder, The Guinnevere Project

theguinnevereproject1@shaw.ca

guinnevereproject.com


BRITISH COLUMBIA - ONGOING - LOSS BY DRUG USE SUPPORT

Loss by Drug Use Support Groups: BC-wide (Ongoing)

Grief Support specific to loss from Substance Related Harms.

Moms Stop The Harm is pleased to announce that we are expanding our Peer Led Bereavement Groups to the following locations in BC:

  • Vancouver
  • East Kootenays
  • North Delta/Surrey
  • Powell River/Texada Island
  • Langley
  • Grand Forks 
  • Mission
  • Kelowna 
  • Kamloops

For information on how to register please visit healingheartscanada.org, or click here to find the email for the coordinator in your area.


BRITISH COLUMBIA - ONGOING - SUPPORTING SUBSTANCE DISORDER

Holding Hope Canada

Supporting a Loved One with Substance Use Disorder - Ongoing

Holding Hope support is offered by Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH), a network of Canadian families impacted by substance-use related harms and deaths. MSTH advocates to change failed drug policies and provide peer support to grieving families and those with loved ones who use or have used substances.

Holding Hope Groups are peer-led support groups, offered at no cost, to families with loved ones living with addiction (substance use disorder) across Canada.

FIND A HOLDING HOPE GROUP in B.C.


BURNABY & VANCOUVER - CHILD LOSS SUPPORT

The Compassionate Friends - Burnaby

A voluntary self-help organization offering support, understanding and hope for anyone who has lost a child for any reason at any age.

Meeting Information:

Location: Online ZOOM* meetings  - RSVP for a link 

Day/Time: last Tuesday of each month


CHILLIWACK - TRAUMATIC LOSS SUPPORT

Chilliwack Hospice Traumatic Loss Support Group - Everyone welcome

Traumatic Loss Grief Support Group

A Traumatic Loss Grief Support Group is a safe environment where friends and family members can experience understanding, support, compassion and hope. The group is for individuals and families who have had a loved one die suddenly in ways including, but not limited to, suicide, homicide, accident, substance use, or physical illness. Our Traumatic Loss Grief Support Group meets once per week for eight sessions and is offered by Chilliwack Hospice Society throughout the year as necessary. 

When: Ongoing - call for upcoming dates. 

Where: In-person or online. 

Email: info@chilliwackhospice.org

Web: www.chilliwackhospice.org

Contact: Individuals interested in registering for this group may call Lucy at (604) 795-4660.


CLEVELAND, OHIO - U.S.

The Long-Term Survivors of Suicide Loss Summit: July 21-24 2022

The Long-Term Survivors of Suicide Loss Summit, taking place July 21 - 24, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio, provides those who have lost a loved one to suicide several years in the past or more a unique opportunity to share their experiences, and benefit from constructive new insights on how to healthily continue their grief journey over time. Those whose loss is less recent (typically five or more years ago) are encouraged to attend, as the summit will offer a different perspective than for those whose grief is more recent.

Learn More and Register Here


GRIEF SUPPORT PROGRAMS - ONGOING

Living My Culture

Quality palliative care helps you honour your culture, spirituality and traditions. At Living My Culture, people from various cultures share their stories and wisdom about living with serious illness, end of life and grief to support others. Perspectives include First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Chinese, Ethiopian, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Italian, Pakistani and Somali. 

Morning Star Lodge

This infographic by Morning Star Lodge at the University of Saskatchewan is a guide for Indigenous Peoples for processing grief and maintaining holistic health during these uncertain times.  Canadian Virtual Hospice and the University of Saskatchewan Medical School were partners in the development of this resource. 


LANGLEY

Substance Related Loss Support Group - Healing Hearts

Date: The first Monday of each month

Location: Online

Time: 7:00pm

Contact: E-mail Healingheartslangley@gmail.com

More info on Healing Hearts: https://www.healingheartscanada.org/


NEW WESTMINISTER - HOMICIDE SURVIVORS- GET TOGETHER

Homicide Survivors get-together

Date: Sunday August 7, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Frankie G's Pub, 305 Ewen Ave., New Westminister, BC V3M 5B4

Cost: No Fee

Registration: Contact BCBH at 604-738-9950 or E-mail: contact @bcbh.ca


ORANGE TEE-SHIRT DAY - SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

ORANGE TEE-SHIRT DAY

EVER CHILDS LIFE MATTERS

September 30, 2022 -Annual celebration in honor of Indigenous Children.

  • Honoring Residential School Survivors 
  • Honoring missing and murdered Women and children
  • Honoring the missing and murdered 2 spirit people

Indian Residental School Survivors Society - https://www.irsss.ca/orange-shirt-day


SURREY-TRAUMATIC LOSS GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP- SUBSTANCE USE OR SUICIDE

Tramautic Loss Grief Support Group

A support group for adults grieveing the death of a loved one due to substance use or suicide.

Common responses to a tramatic loss are:

  • Shame and anger
  • Panic attacks and mood swings
  • Felling out of control
  • Anxiety and depression

We encourage you to tell your story and honor the life of your person.

Hosted by: Valley View Funeral Home and Cemetery

When: Begins October 5, 2022- this is an 8 week program, one evening a week

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Valley View Funeral Home, Arbour Lounge 14664  72nd Ave. Surrey BC

Contact: Tricia at 604-312-0484 or email: tkeith@arbourmemorial.com


SURREY-HOMICIDE LOSS-GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Homicide Loss - Support Group

This support group is for adults grieving the death of a loved one due to tramatic loss. 

Common responsed to a tramatic loss are:

  • Shame, guilt, rage
  • Panic attacks, mood swings
  • Anxiety and depression

We encourage you to tell your story and to honor the life of your person. This group is in person at no cost.

Hosted by: Valley View Funeral Home and Cemetery

When: Thursday, October 6, 2022 - this is an 8 week program, one evening a week

Time: 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm 

Where: Valley View Funeral Home - Arbour Lounge, 14664 Surrey BC V3S 2E7

Contact: Tricia at 604-312-0484 email: tkeith@arbourmemorial.com

 


SURREY-WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

World Suicide Prevention Day

Creating Hope Through Action

Shining Light on Darkness . You can be the light.

Through encouraging understanding, reaching out and sharing experiences, we can give people the confidence to take action.

When: Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Where: Valley View Funeral Home and Cemetery, Arbour Lounge, 14660 72nd Ave. Surrey, BC.

  • Craft a Lantern of Hope
  • Learn about Suicide Prevention With Jessica Wolfe Ortiz
  • Join a "In a Community of Care"

Contact: Tricia for registration at 604-312-0484 or email: tkeith@arbourmemorial.com

 


SURREY- YOGA GRIEF SUPPORT

Energy Awareness and Meditation and Yoga

An interactive approach to exploring Energy Awareness Tools and Hatha Yoga with others who are grieving a significant loss. In a friendly atmosphere learn and practice meditation tools and basic asanas, (yoga poses), both of which provide a foundation for healing trauma responses and processing grief. 

In person: Bring your own yoga mat, wear comfortable clothing, non-denonmation and fully welcoming to faith based practices.

Cost: No cost. 

Date: July 28  -  September 8, 2022 (7 weeks)

Time: Thursday, 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm

Location: Valley view Funeral Home - Arbour Lounge, 14667 72 Ave., Surrey BC  V3S 2E7

To Register: Email: tkeith@arbourmemorial.com Telephone: 604-312-0484 Ask for Tricia


VIRTUAL- GRIEF SUPPORT CHRISTIAN GROUP

Grief Share (Christian) Virtual and In-Person Grief Support Groups (Multiple Locations Ongoing)

Grief Share is an international, church-based recovery program designed to help people grieving and dealing with a loss. Grief Share groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each Grief Share session has three distinct elements: video seminar with experts, support group discussion, personal study and reflection.
Visit https://www.griefshare.org/findagroup to search by postal code for support groups in your area.

 


VIRTUAL -HOMICIDE GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Homicide Grief Support Group

When: Thursdays, September 15th - November 3 2022

Where:  Virtual - Online

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Cost: $120.00 or subsidies are available.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining this group, please contact the help line at 604-738-9950 or by email: contact@bcbh.ca 


VIRTUAL - ISLAND HEALTH - MAiD BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP

Island Health MAiD Bereavement Support Group - Virtual (Ongoing)

When: 2nd & 4th Thursday of every month, from 1:30pm - 2:30pm.

When a family member or close friend chooses medical assistance in dying (MAiD), those left behind may experience a wide range of emotions and possibly conflicting feelings about the choice their loved one made. Grief and loss (bereavement) support is available. Our free bereavement support group for family and friends of MAiD recipients in the Victoria area is a judgement free, safe, compassionate environment to share and express your feelings and emotions. This group is founded on a supportive culture of end-of-life dignity and freedom of choice. During COVID, and in accordance with the Provincial Health Officer's order to practice physical distancing, the group will be meeting virtually via a secure video link connection.

Please contact Oceanna Hall, Clinical Specialist at 250-886-1077 to register or for further details


VIRTUAL - KIDS GRIEF MONTHLY (ONGOING)

Kids Grief Q&A facilitated by Andrea Warnick and Canadian Virtual Hospice

In this monthly webinar you can ask children's grief expert Andrea Warnick (RN, MA) all about grief and how it relates to children. In this event you are welcome to ask your own questions or learn from the questions of others.  

When: First Tuesday of every month from 10:00 - 11:00 AM PST .
Cost: Free.
Register here


VIRTUAL - LUMARA PROGRAMS

Lumara Programs

 

 

In-Person Programs in BC:

 

Camp Kerry Family Retreat:  Friday, Sept 16 to Monday, Sept 19 in Princeton, B.C.

 

Drop-in Groups (Virtual):

Mindfulness Meditation Drop-in:  Every Thursday from 7-8 pm PST / 10-11 pm EST

 

Lumara Grief and Bereavement Society

(formerly Camp Kerry Society) is a charitable organization that helps children, youth, adults & families cope with serious illness, grief, and bereavement. Lumara has numerous online grief support programs for children, families and adults: https://lumarasociety.org/home/

 

To register please go to: http://lumaraprogramming.campbrainregistration.com

To register for Youth Retreat or Family Retreat please go to: https://campkerry.campbrainregistration.com/

 

All of Lumara’s online group programs are being offered with a nominal registration fee.  As always, fee subsidies are available to ensure that our programs are accessible to everyone. Simply send us an email request for program fee financial support to info@lumarasociety.org or call our office at: 604-553-4663.  

 

For questions or help with registration, please contact the Lumara office at info@lumarasociety.org or 604-553-4663.