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Support Groups & Events

BC Healing Hearts Grief Support

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.


BC Holding Hope Support

Holding Hope is a Peer Led support group offered through Moms Stop The Harm for families impacted by their loved one's active substance use. Groups are offered in the following areas of BC:

  • Victoria
  • Salmo
  • Powell River
  • Gulf Islands/White Rock
  • Surrey
  • Langley
  • Vancouver - DTES
  • Penticton 
  • Vernon

For registration information please email canadaholdinghopenational@gmail.com


Canadian Virtual Hospice - KidsGrief Q&A Monthly Webinar Series

KidsGrief 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


Lighthouse - Virtual Grief Peer Support Groups for Children and Teens

Virtual Grief Peer Support Groups for Children and Teens

Online groups for children and teens are meeting every other week in the evenings and offer opportunities to connect with others dealing with loss and explore experiences in grief through discussions, activities, and expressive arts. Online support groups for parents are also available.  

For more information on the events and how to register please email at info@grievingchildrenlighthouse.org


March 2021 Substance Related Loss Online Group

Begining March 1st, the Healing Hearts Langley Support Group will be held online at 7:00 PM on the first Monday of each month.

To inquire: email Healingheartslangley@gmail.com


Rain Down Words Grief Writing Workshops in 2021

Join Deb Balcome, Intuitive Writing Guide/Grief and Loss Facilitator, for a series of guided writing sessions to aid grievers in their journey with loss. 

Debbie uses guided meditation and structured writes to explore the different dimensions of grief. Whether the grief you carry is from an actual death or from some of the many losses we sustain in life, come and be welcomed into a safe space with other grief journeys. 

Grief and Loss: One Evening Workshops

For those who do not sign up for the 4-week workshop, you're welcome to attend one evening workshop offered on the below dates:

Tuesday March 2 from 7PM-9PM via Zoom

Wednesday March 17 from 7PM-9PM via Zoom

Saturday March 13 or March 27 from 1PM-3PM via Zoom

See website for more info: www.raindownwords.com


Surrey Hospice Society - Grief Webinar Series: Coping with Anxiety

Grief Webinar Series: Coping with Anxiety 

Practicing Yoga & Meditation Webinar

This class is a gentle, therapeutic approach to yoga designed less for exercise and flexibility, and targetted more for emotional stability and liberation.

When: MARCH 4TH, 2021 7:00 PM PST

Registration required, please visit the following link for more details: www.surreyhospicesocietyevents.com 

Developing Self-Compassion Webinar

This webinar will focus on learning to listen to yourself with patience and understanding. You will learn to nurture yourself and practice nonjudgemental acceptance.

When: MARCH 18TH, 2021 7:00 PM PST

Registration required, please visit the following link for more details: www.surreyhospicesocietyevents.com 


Kamloops Hospice Association - Virtual Children & Family Grief Group

"Create art, play games, and participate in other fun activites to learn a variety of healthy ways to express grief and remember our loved ones while we focus on continuing our bonds with them"

Kamloops Hospice Association will be holding a weekly Virtual Children & Family Grief Group on Wednesdays, from March 24th until May 12th. This group will be for families in the Kamloops area, with children ages 6-17 that are grieving the death of a loved one. This group will be completely online, and caregivers will be required to attend. 

If interested, please register by March 3rd by emailing dallas@kamloopshospice.com


Softening Death, Dying & Grief; Bringing Comfort to Challenging Times with Barbara Morningstar

In this unique series of workshops, Barbara Morningstar will draw on her years of professional hospice experience and guide you in an exploration of the main themes that are faced during the transition to the end of physical life.

This series will begin on Saturday, March 27th at 10 am PST and will continue on each following Saturday morning ending April 24th.  Participants have the option of registering for the whole series or individual workshops of interest.  

These workshops will benefit professionals and volunteers in the field, as well as those personally facing a life threatening illness or supporting a loved one at the end-of-life. 

A greater awareness will emerge resulting in a deeper strength to not only face, but embrace, this tender life transition. 

Workshop One - Increasing Your Comfort with the Dying Process; Softening the Fear.
When: March 27th at 10 am PST
Location: Online in Zoom 

Workshop Two - What is the Role of the Caregiver? A Challenging yet Sacred Journey.
When: April 3rd at 10 am PST
Location: Online in Zoom 

Workshop Three - The Importance of an End of Life Team; It Takes a Village to Support a Dying Loved One.
When: April 10th at 10 am PST
Location: Online in Zoom 

Workshop Four - Embracing the Organic Nature of Grief; An Expression of Love.
When: April 17th at 10 am PST
Location: Online in Zoom 

Workshop Five - An Exploration of Mystery and Meaning; The Gift of Life Itself.
When: April 24th at 10 am PST
Location: Online in Zoom 

Click here for more information on the events and how to register. 


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


Suicide Bereavement Support Group

The Delta Hospice is hosting a support group for individuals from all communities who are bereaved through suicide. 

When: 3rd Thursday of each month 6:30-8:00 pm. 

Where: This group is currently held via Zoom and will return to in-person once the risk of COVID-19 is reduced.

Cost: Free

For more information or to register, please contact Teresa at (604) 948-0660 (ext. 312) or email teresa@deltahospice.org

*** New participants are welcome to join at any time.***

 


The Vancouver Hospice Society COVID-19 Support Group

The Vancouver Hospice Society is running a group for individuals who have lost a loved one due to COVID. The group will explore the impact of the pandemic on the process of grief as well as the experience of a death due to COVID. 

Contact counselling@vancouverhospice.org for more details. Dates are to be determined. 


The Compassionate Friends Zoom Support Group for Parents: Virtual - Monthly

TCF of Greater Vancouver has a virtual support group on Zoom on the second Saturday of each month at 2pm.

This support group is for bereaved parents who have experienced the death of a child; siblings and grandparents are also welcome.

Please e-mail VancouverbbyTCF@hotmail.com for registration.


Camp Kerry Support Groups

Mindfulness MondaysMondays 12:00pm – 12:30pm PST, 3:00pm – 3:30pm EST, 4:00pm – 4:30pm AST

You don’t need a lot of time to make a difference in your day – these sessions support stress and anxiety in times of change and loss. This half hour break can help you connect with breath and balance. Participants can attend a single session or weekly. Pre-registration is required and information on how to access the virtual sessions will be emailed to you.

 

For questions or help with registration, please contact the Camp Kerry office at info@campkerry.org or 604-553-4663, or click here.

 


Victoria Hospice Online Bereavement Support Groups

Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
  • March 11th to April 15th
  • May 6th to June 10th 
A 6-week support group focused on bereavement following the death of a loved one, facilitated by a Victoria Hospice Bereavement Counsellor. This group includes both sharing and support, as well as grief education.
 
Each session will consist of:
  • A check-in in which each participant will have a chance to speak to where they are at in their grief that day;
  • A 10-15 minute presentation on a topic intended to support you in your grief;
  • And a discussion of the topic and other predominant themes of the day.

Where: Online using Zoom platform (must have access to a device that can have a Zoom account and has a microphone and camera).

Who: Limited number of registered participants who are bereaved following the loss of a loved one.

Register by contacting our email at Hospice.Bereavement@viha.ca or by calling our office number at 250-519-3040.

** A pre-group interview with a counsellor is required to discuss your needs, answer any questions you may have, and determine whether the group is a good fit for you at this time.
**Information for setting up Zoom and participating in this type of group format will be sent via email prior to the start date of the group. ​
**Your email will also be used to contact you throughout the 6 weeks about practical information for the group (Zoom invitation, resources from the sessions, evaluations, etc). 


Virtual Webinars & Resources

Living My Culture.ca

Quality palliative care helps you honour your culture, spirituality and traditions. At LivingMyCulture.ca, 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.