Vancouver Hospice Society - Walking Program (Sept 25th to Dec 8th)
Bereavement Walking Program
For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
Gather with others who are experiencing grief to walk, talk,
and offer support while receiving fresh air & gentle exercise.
Walks are facilitated by trained hospice volunteers.
Location: Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St (in front of crab sculpture)
Date: Saturdays: Sept 25th – Nov 13th, 2021 & Wednesdays: Oct 20th – Dec 8th, 2021
Time: Morning (contact for more information)
For more infomation or to register, contact 604-737-7305 ext 216. Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Note: Walks are subject to cancellation or change based on COVID-19 public health guidelines.
Delta Hospice Society: Adult Bereavement Group, Oct. 12 – Nov. 16 (Virtual)
Tuesdays, Oct. 12 – Nov. 16, 6:30-8:00pm
This is a 6 week group for adults who have lost a loved one to within the past two years; participants are asked to commit to attending all 6 weeks. For more information contact Teresa at email@example.com or phone 604-948-0660 (ext. 312) and leave a message. Our group service are currently offered virtually and are open to residents from all communities in the Fraser Valley. Priority registration is given to those who are residents of Delta, but our groups often allow space for participants from other areas.
Delta Hospice Society: Losing a Child to Suicide Monthly Group – Ongoing (Virtual)
This support group runs monthly, on the third Thursday from 6:30-8:00pm, for parents who’ve lost a child to suicide. It is currently offered virtually, with the anticipation that it will return to in-person at a later date. Registration and an interview are required prior to attending. If you are interested, please contact Teresa at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 604-948-0660 (ext. 312) and leave a message. Our group service are currently offered virtually and are open to residents from all communities in the Fraser Valley. Priority registration is given to those who are residents of Delta, but our groups often allow space for participants from other areas.
Delta Hospice: 1:1 Music Therapy & Bereavement Support – Ongoing (Virtual)
1:1 talk therapy services are offered by a Registered Clinical Counsellor for late teens and adults (age 17+) who live or work in Delta, or whose loved one was a resident of the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta. All sessions are currently being offered virtually by phone or secure Zoom platform. To book a time to speak with one of our counsellors, please call us at 604-948-0660.
1:1 services offered by a Registered Music Therapist. Our 1:1 services are for those who live or work in Delta, or whose loved one was a resident of the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta.Due to Covid-19 precautions, the types of music therapy sessions available at this time will be limited to the following:
Guided relaxation to music: You will be invited to rest with intention as you are led through a body scan and guided imagery with music in order to promote relaxation and reduce stress or body tension.
Lyric Analysis: Together with the music therapist, you will listen to a variety of music and engage in analysis of lyrics. You will be supported in drawing meaning or insight related to your experience of the music.
Song-writing for emotional processing or memorializing: You will be supported through the process of creating an original song, or altering an existing song, for personal expression or to memorialize a loved one. No previous song-writing experience is required, as the music therapist will offer guidance and activities to practice putting thoughts to music.
Musical Life Review: Almost like a musical scrapbook, this process involves reflecting on significant moments in a person's life and then finding songs to represent these moments. Eventually the music therapist will assist you in compiling a playlist that acts as a “memory soundtrack” of a person's life. You are welcome to create a musical life review for yourself, or for another person as a way to honour their memory.
Please contact the Music Therapist at Delta Hospice (604) 948-0660, ext. 311 or via email at email@example.com for more information or to book a session.
Delta Suicide Bereavement Group (Virtual)
Delta Suicide Bereavement Group (Virtual) - Tuesdays (6:30pm - 8:00pm) Jan 11th - Feb 15th (2022)
If you have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide in the past two years, and would like support at this difficulty time, this group is for you. Delta Hospice society is offering a free, safe, compassionate, counsellor-led suicide bereavement group where you'll have opportunities to share with and listen to others in a similar situation. Learn what normal grief is and know that you are not alone. This group is open to all communities in the lower mainland. Space is limited so early registration is recommended.
If you or someone you know would like to register, or for more information, please contact Teresa.
Phone: 604-948-0660 x. 312 (leave a voicemail and your contact info and we will call you back)
On-line Caregiver Support Group
On-line Caregiver Support Group: June 15th - Aug 3rd (Tuesday 1:30-3pm)
Support group for those providng care for the needs of family and friends. Whether it's just a few hours weekly or many hours a day, we are here to support you.
For more information and to register contact Kyoko firstname.lastname@example.org or call 236-333-5150
The Compassionate Friends: Burnaby/Vancouver - Ongoing
The Compassionate Friends is a voluntary self-help organization offering support, understanding and hope for anyone who has lost a child for any reason at any age.
Grief Support Services: Burnaby - Ongoing
Burnaby Hospice is offering support services for Burnaby residents who are enduring grief. Burnaby Hospice Bereavement Volunteers who are trained in communication skills as well as grief and bereavement are available to help you find a way to talk about your loss with someone who will simply listen and acknowledge your grief.
All support services are free of charge, and can be via zoom, phone, or walks.
Support lasts for up to 6 months depending on your needs.
To receive an online intake form or for more information please contact Burnaby Hospice at email@example.com or 604-520-5024
Loss by Drug Use Support Groups: BC-wide
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:
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 .
Substance Related Loss: Langley Online Group - Ongoing
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
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 - Ongoing
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.
For more information or to register, please contact Teresa at (604) 948-0660 (ext. 312) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*** New participants are welcome to join at any time.***
COVID-19 Support Group: Vancouver - TBD
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 email@example.com 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.
Mindfulness Mondays: Online - Ongoing
Mindfulness Mondays: Mondays 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.
Virtual Webinars & Resources
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.
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.
GriefShare (Christian) - Virtual & In-Person Grief Support Groups (Multiple Locations)
GriefShare is an international, church-based recovery program designed to help people grieving and dealing with a loss. GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare 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.