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Support Groups & Events

Rain Down Words grief writing workshops for November to December 2020

 Debbie uses guided meditation and structured writes to explore the different dimensions of grief and yourself. Obtain the relief that comes when you can express your thoughts and feelings and know that you have put them down somewhere. 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 journeyers. 


Once you register an email will be sent to you with payment, ZOOM meeting info and workshop details.


MONDAY, Nov 30, Dec 07, Dec 14, (7-9 pm)and Saturday, Dec 12 (1-3pm)

This is a closed group after the first week.

Please register to secure your space: https://www.raindownwords.com/grief-loss-four-week-series

Once you register and email will be sent with payment, Zoom meeting info and workshop details.


Grief and Loss (One evening Workshops) For anyone who did not register for the Series

MONDAY, NOV 23, 2020        (7pm to 9pm)  via Zoom

MONDAY, NOV 30, 2020        (7pm to 9pm)  via Zoom

MONDAY, DEC 07, 2020         (7pm to 9pm)  via Zoom

MONDAY, DEC 14, 2020         (7pm to 9pm)  via Zoom


Grief and Loss Afternoon Writing Workshops  (weekend)

SATURDAY, NOV 28, 2020        (1-3 pm)           via Zoom

SATURDAY, DEC 12, 2020        (1-3 pm)            via Zoom


See website for more info: www.raindownwords.com

Burnaby Hospice Society - Virtual Candlelight Memorial Service and Tree Lighting

ONLINE EVENT - Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 1:00 PM

This simple non-denominational service will feature moving, live music by a music therapist, along with readings, a short community ritual of candle-lighting, remembrance and tree-lighting.

Please have a candle ready to go as well as a photo and/or a name card of the person you are remembering. It is our sincere hope that the Candlelight Memorial Service will bring you a measure of comfort during the holiday season.

To RSVP and for more information, visit our Tree of Lights / Memorial Service page at burnabyhospice.org/tree or call/email the Burnaby Hospice Society at 604-520-5087 or info@burnabyhospice.org

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 Society COVID-19 Frontline Worker Support Group: Virtual - Monthly

These groups convene monthly on Tuesdays at 4:00pm PST (Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, etc.) and on Wednesdays at 7:00pm PST (Oct 28, Nov 25, Dec 23, etc.) These support groups are intended for adults impacted by the effects of working on the frontlines during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ideal for healthcare workers and essential service providers including; doctors, nurses, community support workers, teachers, and therapists. Each meeting occurs for one hour with a structured format where participants are given the opportunity to share. After each meeting, participants are welcome to connect further with one another using the video conferencing, chat, and audio features available. If you have any questions or feel a need for additional support outside of this group then please reach out to us to learn more about our individual counselling sessions and other services that are currently available.

Dates: Second Tuesday & Last Wednesday of the month

Times: Tuesday 4:00pm PST / Wednesdays 7:00pm PST

Fee: Free

To register please click here.

Camp Kerry Society Reflective Writing Series: Virtual - Nov. 16 - Dec. 7

This introductory series is for those without any writing experience and seasoned writers alike. Prior to writing, each session will begin with a check-in and a mindfulness meditation. Opportunities to connect with various exercises that encourage listening to inner thoughts will be provided. This series is designed to support participants with any processing they may want to do specific to their grief while also supporting the reflective process. 

The intention of this series is to inspire and open some new pathways of listening rather than about becoming a better writer. Tama teaches with a flow between deep stillness and effervescent lightness. Through this process she will offer tools and techniques to help with clarity and mindfulness as we move towards the end of a year and the holiday season.

Tama Recker, Group Facilitator: Tama has worked in various roles in hospice and bereavement support for many years. She is a counsellor and Therapeutic Touch practitioner as well as a teacher/facilitator of mindfulness, meditation, creative workshops, and more. She has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the fun at Camp Kerry since 2011 as well as connecting with the quiet moments.

Fee: Free

Dates: November 16th - December 7th

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm PST

Registration: To register, click here and follow the link titled "Register from Western Canada".

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.