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VIRTUAL - SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUPS BY CRISIS CENTRE OF BC

A CUP OF TEA FOR THE SOUL: A SERIES OF GATHERINGS FOR SUICIDE LOSS SURVIVORS

After a suicide loss, many survivors feel isolated. Finding sameness and belonging are key ingredients needed to help their journey through bereavement. Feeling supported and with the possibility to create new connections is essential.

In this75 min session, you will find a safe place to meet other suicide loss survivors to share challenges and resources, feelings, and ideas.


VIRTUAL/IN PERSON - LUMARA PROGRAMS 2023

Program Registration for the new year is open!

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/

Adult Support Groups (Virtual):

Adult Grief Support Group:  Mondays, Jan 30 - Mar 6 at 5:30-6:30 pm PST / 8:30-9:30pm EST 

Perinatal Loss Support Group:  Tuesdays, Jan 24 - Feb 28 at 3:30-4:30 pm PST / 6:30-7:30 pm EST

Writing Our Grief Support Group: Tuesdays, Feb 7 - Mar 14 at 5:30-7 pm PST / 8:30 - 10 pm EST

Kids Support Group (Virtual):

Spring Break Minecraft Camp (age 7-12): Monday-Friday, Mar 13-17 at 9:30-11:30 am PST / 12:30-2:30 pm EST

In-Person Programs in BC:

Synergy Choir: Tuesdays, Jan 17 - Mar 21 from 6:30-8 pm PST at New Westminster Secondary School Welcome Center

Circles of Strength Adult and Children's Grief Support Groups (age 6-12): Saturday, Jan 28, Feb 25 and Apr 1 from 10-12 pm PST at New Westminster Secondary School Welcome Center

Drop-in Groups (Virtual):

Mindfulness Meditation Drop-in: Every Thursday starting Jan 5 from 7-8 pm PST / 10-11 pm EST

To register please go tohttp://lumaraprogramming.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.


VIRTUAL - VICTORIA - 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/ IN PERSON - 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 - 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


ONGOING - BRITISH COLUMBIA - 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.


ONGOING - BRITISH COLUMBIA - 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


BRITISH COLUMBIA - 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
  • Contact for dates

For more information please contact: Joanna Lundy,  Founder, The Guinnevere Project

theguinnevereproject1@shaw.ca

guinnevereproject.com


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.


KAMLOOPS - SUICIDE LOSS SUPPORT GROUP

This Suicide Loss Support Group is for anyone who has been impacted by suicide loss; this is a safe space to share your story, connect with others, receive support, comfort and strength after suicide loss. This is an open group that offers in-person or virtual option. Please note that contact with the facilitator is required before attending your fist meeting. You can contact the facilitator by email, text or phone call. 

When: Every Monday 6:00 - 7:30pm (except holidays)

Where: In person >  546 St. Paul Street, Kamloops, BC.

             Virtual > contact Rebecca directly for the link.

Contact Info: Rebecca Sanford, PHD, RCSW. Phone 250-574-7664. Email Kamloopssuicideloss@gmail.com

 


LANGLEY - Substance Related Loss Group - Ongoing

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/


MAPLE RIDGE, BC. - MAPLE RIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Journey of Grief and Loss

Grief and loss support information for older adults living in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and Katzie First Nation

About this Event
Grief has a way of making itself known at the most inconvenient times. We may grieve when a loved one dies, when we get divorced, become disabled, lose a job, break up with a romantic partner, lose a pet or suffer a miscarriage.The isolation and loneliness of loss and grief is experienced by many seniors, at many times in our lives, and you are NOT ALONE. There are many resources available to support older adults in our community as they go through these life experiences.

Tickets

Tickets for The Journey of Grief and Loss can be booked here The Journey of Grief and Loss, Maple Ridge Public Library, February 1 2023 | AllEvents.in


NEW WESTMINSTER - G.O.A - GRIEF ON ARRIVAL - OVERDOSE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

G.O.A. - Grief On Arrival - is an anonymous faciliated peer bereavement group for those who have lost a loved one due to overdose. Two meetings are offer weekly with an 8- week rotating education program. Mondays is an open group for sharing experiences, strengths and hopes; and Thursday is an educational group where information and tools around grief will be offer it.

Where: 502 Columbia Street, New Westminster, B.C. 

When: Mondays (peer group) and Thursdays (facilitated education group) 6pm to 8pm. This program start date is Monday December 5th, 2022 and will continue through 2023

For more info visit website Grief On Arrival – Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families or phone 604-526-2522 or via emial to mail@purposesociety.org


Surrey Homicide Grief Support Group March - April 2023

Who's it for? Adults are bereaved by homicide

Where is it? Valley View Funeral Home - 14644 72 Ave, Surrey, BC

When is it? Thursday March 2nd at 6:30pm, weekly meetings until April 27th. 

For more information and registration information contact:

Tricia, tkeith@arbormemorial.com

604-312-0484


SURREY, BC - YOGA GRIEF SUPPORT

YOGA GRIEF SUPPORT

Valley View Funeral Homes is offering this yoga grief support for anyone who is experiencing a loss. Yoga is one way to replenish your energy when you are grieving, without having to make excuses for how you feel. We will practice classical posses, breath work, and a short meditation. 

This grief support is 8 week program,one evening per week.

Session begin on:

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2023
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • at Valley View Funeral Home, Arbor Lounge 14660-72nd Avenue, Surrey, BC

What to bring with you:

  • Bring your yogar mat
  • Wear comfortable clothing

This event is in Person, at not cost and Non-denominational.

For more info and registration, please contact TKeith@arbormemorial.com or call 604-312-0484


VANCOUVER - MAiD SUPPORT GROUP

MAiD SUPPORT GROUP

Vancouver Hospice Society will be offering a MAiD support group for those who are experiencing a difficult time due to a loss by MAiD. A medically assisted death can bring unique challenges and learning about it will help you to understand how to prepare and care for yourself when the moment comes.

This support group will be offered sometime in 2023. An online option might be possible for those outside the Vancouver area.  For more information or if you are interested in participating in this support group, please contact Vancouver Hospice Society directly.

Kayla Hochfelder, Clinical Counsellor
Ph: 604-737-7305 ext. 216
counselling@vancouverhospice.org

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VICTORIA, BC - SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUP

Pacific Centre Family Services Association (PCFSA) is launching a West Shore Based Drop-In Support Group for folks who have lost a loved one to suicide. The group is free, open to anyone age 19+, and facilitated by experienced mental health practitioners.

Details

When: 3rd Tuesday of every month starting Sept 20th

Time: 6pm-8pm

Where: #200-324 Goldstream Ave.

To get more info or to register, call (250) 940-4373 OR email intake@pcfsa.org.

Free parking is available, space is wheelchair accessible, bike lockups are nearby, and the location is close to the #50 and #46 bus routes.


VICTORIA, BC - DEATH CAFE

Island Narrative Therapy Counselling Present: DEATH CAFE

Have you ever wanted to talk to others openly about death without the conversation feeling weird and awkward? You can do just that in a Death Cafe.

A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion about death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Death Cafes have no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.

Death Cafes often bring together strangers with the common desire to talk about death. Dessert is always served.

Death Cafes are not for profit global gatherings and are free of charge. They are valuable because people of all cultures desire to normalize conversations about death.

To learn more, visit deathcafe.com. If you plan on attending this event, please register by emailing karen@karenmittet.com.

When

Time  

Location: Fernwood Community Association Auditorium1923 Fernwood Road VICTORIA, BC, V8T 2Y6 Canada (map)

 


VICTORIA, BC - VICTORIA HOSPICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT CENTRE

Exploring Grief through Creativity Workshop: Celebrate a Life Theme

Exploring Grief through Creativity workshops provide a supportive, creative way for people in bereavement to explore their experiences of grief through various art media. They are open to anyone who is grieving and may be inspired by art and creativity. No art experience is required, just a willingness to try something creative. Facilitated by a Victoria Hospice Bereavement Counsellor with Expressive Arts training.

When: Monday, January 30, 2023, 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Where: In-person, with COVID-19 protocols in place, at the Victoria Hospice Community Support Centre located at 102-4450 Chatterton Way, Victoria BC.

Cost: The workshop fee of $20 and includes all materials. No one will be turned away for lack of funds; bursaries are available.

Registration: Please register no later than one week before the workshop date by contacting Bereavement Services at Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca or 250-519-3040.

Exploring Grief through Creativity Workshop: Self Care Theme

A new workshop from Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services provides a supportive, creative way for people in bereavement to explore their experiences of grief through various art media.

Exploring Grief through Creativity workshops are open to anyone who is grieving and may be inspired by art and creativity. No art experience is required, just a willingness to try something creative.

Facilitated by a Victoria Hospice Bereavement Counsellor with Expressive Arts training, the workshops include mixed media art techniques, creative exploration, guided visualization, personal reflection, and optional group sharing.

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 9:30 am – 12:30pm

Where: In-person, with COVID-19 protocols in place, at the Victoria Hospice Community Support Centre located at 102-4450 Chatterton Way. Victoria, BC.

Cost: The workshop fee of $30 and includes all materials. No one will be turned away for lack of funds; bursaries are available.

Registration: Please register no later than one week before the workshop date by contacting Bereavement Services at Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca or 250-519-3040.