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Support Groups & Events

Grace and Challenge when Facing End-of-Life: Sharing of Life Lessons Learned (Dec 1 - 16, 2021)

When you or someone you know receives a diagnosis of a
life-threatening illness it can initially be overwhelming. What to
do and where to turn next? In this series we will explore key
themes to help you become more informed. They include the
importance of a solid support team, the caregiver’s role and
an exploration of the dying process to soften the fears.


Keynote Speaker: Barbara Morningstar

Key note speaker for hospice/palliative
care conferences Educator, Motivational
Speaker, Author of Honoring the Mystery.
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Dec. 1st, The Palliative Team
Dec. 9th, The Caregiver
Dec. 16th, The Dying Process
6:30pm to 8:00pm


The information provided in these workshops are for educational purposes only. It (they) is not a substitute for professional
psychological or medical advice, counselling, diagnosis or treatment

To RSVP- Contact Tricia Keith at
Valley View Funeral Home
604-596-8866
Or email: tkeith@arbormemorial.com


Homicide Survivor Support Group - Surrey: Dec 1, 2021 - Jan 19, 2022

What: Support group is for adults grieving the death of a loved one to homicide. 

When: Wednesday, December 1st - January 19th

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30pm EST 

Where: In person at Valley View Funeral Home & Cemetery 14644 - 72nd Avenuea, Surrey, BC 

Event Details: We encourage you to tell your story and honor the memory of your loved one. There is no cost to take part in this group. To register or for more information please call Tricia, 604-596-8866, or email, tkeith@arbormemorial.com


Delta Suicide Bereavement Group (Virtual) Jan 11th - Feb 15th (2022)

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.

Email: teresa@deltahospice.org

Phone: 604-948-0660 x. 312 (leave a voicemail and your contact info and we will call you back)


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: teresa@deltahospice.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)

Bereavement Counselling:

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.

Music Therapy:

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 kristen@deltahospice.org for more information or to book a session.


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.

Meeting Information:

  • RSVP for a link - ZOOM* meetings are co-facilitated by volunteers from our chapter.  *In person meetings are currently on hold due to COVID, but are always held last Tuesday of each month (mark your calendar for next ZOOM meetings on June 29, July 27) 
  • *Healing Nature Walk by request at a local forest park or by the water 
    • Chapter Leader Grace Gauthier  778-222-0446; Co - Leaders: Jacqueline Cannon (Foster’s Mom) / David Bennett (Daniel’s Dad)
    • Email – VancouverbbyTCF@hotmail.com
  • The Compassionate Friends of Canada www.tcfcanada.net / Toll Free 1 866 823 0141
  • *TCF Metro Vancouver-Burnaby is also available on WhatsApp to connect with each other.
  • *Facebook Closed group is available under the same name if you are interested in joining.

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 counselling@burnabyhospice.org or 604-520-5024


Suicide Grief Group - Delta - 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.

Cost: Free

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

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


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.


Canadian Virtual Hospice - KidsGrief Q&A Monthly Webinar Series (Ongoing)

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


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


Loss of Child Support Group for Parents - Virtual: Monthly (Ongoing)

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 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.

 


Virtual Webinars & Resources (Ongoing)

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. 


GriefShare (Christian) - Virtual & In-Person Grief Support Groups (Multiple Locations - Ongoing)

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.