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LMGRS Special Event - June 26, 2018

You are invited to attend the Annual Event / AGM which will present The Vancouver Threshold Choir
The Threshold Choir is a group of women who bring comfort and compassion through song to those at the thresholds of living and dying. In groups of two to four they sing gentle songs from a variety of traditions to soothe, comfort and uplift. They sing, when invited, in private homes, hospices, care facilities and hospitals. This choir, which began in 2009, is associated with an international organization of Threshold Choirs.  For more information please visit thresholdchoir.org
Location: St. Mary’s Kerrisdale Anglican Church, Main Lounge
West 37th between Larch and Balsam, Vancouver, BC
Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
Time:  6:00 – 7:30pm (Networking before and LMGRS AGM to follow Choir)
Cost: Free
Registration process: Email by June 16th, 2018 lmgr@lmgr.ca


Permission to Grieve - A 2-night Women's Retreat

Nourish your mind, body and soul in a welcoming space with the collective support of other women who have experienced loss, too.

When: July 6-8, 2018
Investment: $750 or $725 by May 1, 2018.

The weekend will include:

  •     2 night stay at Nectar BnB
  •     Nourishing meals from Wildhearts Catering
  •     Daily yoga, meditation and breath work
  •     Yogi teachings in relation to grief and loss
  •     and more

For more info please visit purpleacornyoga.ca/retreat.


Learn Mindfulness Online 

The BC Crisis Centre is offering an  8-week Online Program.
Date: 8 Wednesdays, July 18 to Sept 5
Location: Online
Time: 10am to 11am or by recording
Cost: $99/subsidized $49
Email: info@crisiscentre.bc.ca
Click HERE for registration and additional information.


Being with Grief - Education Evenings

If you have recently experienced the death of a loved one, we invite you to an education session to learn and share.

You may find it helpful if you have been wondering ....

  • “Is this normal?  Am I normal?’
  • ‘What are common grief responses‎’?
  • ‘How do I know if I need additional help?  
  • Where can I get it if I do?’

Dates:  July 25 and October 24
Time: 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Pre-registration required.To register, or for more information on the session, please contact Nancy Chan Palliative Ambulatory Clinic at 604-659-1160 or nancychanclinic@vch.ca

These one-time sessions are facilitated in collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Home Hospice Team and Providence Health Palliative Care Unit.


Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training: October 26 & 27 - Vancouver

BCBH, in partnership with the BC Crisis Centre, will be hosting our Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training session on October 26-27, 2018.

This two-day session is for individuals and professionals who wish to be trained to run an eight week traumatic death (including homicide and suicide, with conversation around substance use as well) grief support group. This training will build upon the individual's pre-existing skill-set and introduce topics specific to traumatic loss.  Upon completion, attendees will receive the resource guide including 8 week curriculum examples, educational information, suggested exercises and tactics to help the grieving cope with their grief.

Location: East Vancouver, 763 East Broadway

Date: Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm each day

Facilitator: John Dube

Price: Earlybird rate of $250 (regular $300) per person expires September 21, 2018. Payments are not yet being accepted. We will contact you when payment options are available.

If you are interested reserving a spot for this event, please email contact@bcbh.ca.


End of Life Marketplace Expo 2018 - Vancouver

The purpose of this event is to provide the public with information and education regarding end-of-life related services and products.

Location: West End Community Centre (WECC), 870 Denman Street (Auditorium)
Date: October 20th, 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Nominal fee
The Lower Mainland Grief Recovery and BC Bereavement Helpline will be sharing a table. Please come and visit us.

    

Presented by: Dying Matters Canada in partnership with the WECC
Email: dyingmatterscanada@gmail.com


Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society - Support Groups

LMGRS Grief Support Group Programs are set up with a three-pronged approach:

  • To receive practical information and tools to help you cope with your loss.
  • A chance to connect with others who are also struggling and who ‘get it’.
  • A process-oriented approach that includes week-to-week practices (Heart-work) to help you with your healing journey.

The programs are non-religious and open to those who have experienced the death of a significant person. The fee for the program is $150.00 which includes all your materials and light refreshments.

Please see the LMGRS website for more information on the next available support groups.

If you do not have email access, please call 604-696-1060 and leave a message.


Bereavement Support at Burnaby Hospice Society

The Burnaby Hospice Society offers support for residents of Burnaby who are experiencing grief and loss - your loved one does not have to be registered within the Burnaby Palliative Care Program. Click on their Bereavement Support Page for all details.

Individual Counselling
Their registered clinical counselor provides short term individual counselling to anyone within 2 years of loss.

Fitness for the Soul: Workshop & Healing Relaxation

Healing Journeys - A Walking Group for the Bereaved

Surviving the Loss of a Love

This once a month (first Friday of the month) informal support circle is for adults who are looking for a less formal grief support group following the loss of a spouse or life partner.

Healing Connections

This once a month (first Tuesday of the month) informal support circle is for adults who are looking for a less formal grief support group with people like themselves who must continue to make the many difficult adjustments to life following the loss of a loved one.

*Initial registration is required for all groups.   A minimum 3 month waiting period, after the loss of a loved one is required for all groups.  Please call the Bereavement Coordinator at 604-520-5024 or email: counselling@burnabyhospice.org to inquire about groups.


Delta Hospice Grief Support

The Delta Hospice Society offers the following complimentary bereavement support groups. For more information including the dates of any of the groups listed below, please call 604-948-0660.

Adult Grief Group invites adults who have experienced the death of a loved one to come together and participate in a supportive group.

Bereavement Self-Care/Relaxation Group welcomes adults who have experienced the death of a loved one to join its self-care/relaxation group to learn a variety of self-care techniques and participate in experiential guided relaxation.

Adult Bereavement Walking Group If you have been bereaved recently, consider joining the Delta Hospice Society’s Adult Bereavement Walking Group where you can walk & talk 50-60 minutes with others in similar situations.

Kids Grieve Too Delta Hospice Society is pleased to offer Kids Grieve Too –  bereavement groups to support children ages 7-12. These groups apply expressive arts and play therapy to reduce anxiety and anger, promote healthy expression of difficult emotions, increase understanding of grief and loss, and provide support through connection with others.


Family Services of the North Shore - Complimentary Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is the practice of deep relaxation, stillness and peace. It is for the times when you feel weak, fatigued or stressed from your daily activities. You can practice the poses when ill or recovering from illness or injury.

When: Thursday (first and third)
Time: 9:45am − 11:20am
Location: Mollie Nye House (downstairs entrance), 940 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Instructor: Sylvia del Valle Garcia

To register please call 604-985-8713. Pre-registration is required.