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Support Groups & Events

Among Friends - Abbotsford: Jan 1 - Ongoing

Widows Drop in Coffee Group

Date: January 1 - On going

Time: 9:45am - 11am

Location: Abbotsford Hospice Society, 32780 Marshall Rd.

*No registration required

See flyer here


Grief Support - Abbotsford: ongoing

Among Friends: Widows drop in Coffee Group:  Thursdays 9:45-11:00. No registration required.

A Parents Heart - a Parent's Grief Support Group: Tuesdays, April 2 - May 21, 7-9pm

Location: Abbotsford Hospice Society, 32780 Marshall Rd.

To register or for inquiries: 604-852-2456

See flyer here


New West Hospice Society - Bereavement Walking Group: Feb.2 - Ongoing

Walk & Talk - Bereavement Support Program

10:00 am on Saturdays on the Boardwalk at the Quay; start location shared when you register.

To register call Judy at 604-449-9925 or email volunteer@newwesthospice.ca


Homicide & Suicide Grief Support Groups - Surrey: March 14 - May 14th

Discover how understanding
the grieving process can help you
through it.

Homicide Grief Support:
Date: Every Tues. Mar. 26th to May 14th
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Place: Valley View Funeral Home

Suicide Grief Support:
Date: Every Thur. Mar. 14th to May. 2nd
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Place: Valley View Funeral Home

• Free to the community • All welcome
• Light Refreshments

To register please call: 604-596-8866


Squamish Hospice Society - Drop-in Grief Support Group (March 19th-May 7th)

The Squamish Hospice Society is running a drop-in Grief Support Group.

Find the time for youself, and be supported as you continue to make the many difficult adjustments to life following the loss of a loved one.

Refreshments will be served.
No registration required.

Dates:
10:00-11:00 AM on Tuesdays
March 19th to May 7th

Location:
The 55 Activity Centre 1201 Village Green Way, Squamish, BC

For more information email carlee.baker@vch.ca


Facilitator Training for Grief Support Groups - Kelowna: March 29, 30, & 31

Facilitator Training (for Grief Support Group leaders)
Do you have a heart for the bereaved? Ever wondered whether you have what it takes to facilitate a group of grievers and help them connect around their great losses? Why not sign up for one of two events in Kelowna or Dawson Creek? We’ll address group dynamics, managing divergent needs, handling conflict, encouraging participation. You’ll complete the three-day program with all you need to lead a group of bereaved on their unique journeys with confidence.

Dates: March 29th, 30th & 31st, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Mamas for Mamas, 120 - 1735 Dolphin Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8A6

Fee: $399

Contact: Clair Jantzen, chjantzen1@gmail.com

Website: www.clairjantzen.ca 

If you have any additional questions please contact Clair Jantzen at chjantzen1@gmail.com

 


Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training - Victoria: Mar. 30th & 31st

A two-day training session for helping professionals who wish to gain skills for delivering 8-week traumatic death grief support groups (including homicide, suicide and substance-related). This training is best suited for individuals and volunteers who have experience in providing grief support and group facilitation. 

Date: March 30th & 31st, 2019

Time: 9am - 4pm (1 hour lunch break)

Location: RJH Learning Centre Rm s150, 1952 Bay St.

Cost: $250

Full payment reserves your space in the program and can be made via cheque (made out to the BC Bereavement Helpline and mailed to PO Box 20095, Fairview PO, Vancouver BC V5Z 0C1), E-transfer (contact@bcbh.ca) or by credit card via phone or PayPal (call BCBH at 604-738-9950 for assistance).
Space is limited. To register or for more information, please call the BC Bereavement Helpline at 604-738-9950 or email us at contact@bcbh.ca.


Adult Bereavement Walking Group - April 3rd to June 26th, 2019

Centre for Supportive Care

Adult Bereavement Walking Group: If you have been bereaved recently & would like to be physically active & informally connect with others who have experienced a significant loss, then this group is for you. Join others on gentle walks with the option to share your experience of grief and loss.

Date: Wednesday, April 3 - June 26

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Location: 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, Delta BC

Cost: Program is complimentary

Registration: Contact Debra at 604-948-0660(*303) or at debra@deltahospice.org

*For more information contact Debra


Rain Down Words Grief Writing Workshops for April and May 2019

Rain Down Words Grief Writing Workshops use 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. 
Please bring your journal/notebook and a pen. Refreshments will be provided. 
Once you register an email will be sent to you with payment and location information and workshop details.

 

GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL FOUR WEEK SERIES

 

WEDNESDAY’S  starting  Apr 17, Apr 24, May 01 and May 8th.      (7pm to 9:15pm) 

***the same participants will attend each week….Closed group after the first week.

Location: Vancouver, B.C.

Register here

 

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

 

Wednesday, April 10th     ( 7pm to 9:15 pm )

Wednesday , May 15th     ( 7pm to 9:15 pm)

Location: Vancouver, B.C.

Register here


Facilitator Training for Grief Support Groups - Dawson Creek: April 8, 9, & 10

Facilitator Training (for Grief Support Group leaders)
Do you have a heart for the bereaved? Ever wondered whether you have what it takes to facilitate a group of grievers and help them connect around their great losses? Why not sign up for one of two events in Kelowna or Dawson Creek? We’ll address group dynamics, managing divergent needs, handling conflict, encouraging participation. You’ll complete the three-day program with all you need to lead a group of bereaved on their unique journeys with confidence.

Dates: April 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Bergeron Funeral Service, 10200 17 St, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4C2

Fee: $499

Contact: Clair Jantzen, chjantzen1@gmail.com

Website: www.clairjantzen.ca 

If you have any additional questions please contact Clair Jantzen at chjantzen1@gmail.com


Suicide Grief Support Group - Delta: April 9 - May 14

If you are an adult who has had a loss due to suicide and want the support of others in similar circumstances, then consider joining the Centre for Supportive Care’s FREE Suicide Grief Support Group. You will have opportunities to share your feelings and thoughts in a safe and supportive environment, learn about coping strategies and resources, and develop community with others.

 

The group is co-sponsored by the Delta Hospice Society and the Delta Funeral Home

 

Tuesday for 6 weeks, April 9 - May 14; 1-3 pm. For info & to register, contact Teresa at 604-948-0660 *312 or teresa@deltahospice.org OR Debra at 604-948-0660 * 303 or debra@deltahospice.org

 

Centre for Supportive Care

4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner


Suicide Grief Support Group - Vancouver: April 16th - June 4th, 2019

Dates: April 16th to June 4th, 2019

Time:  Every Tuesday from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: BC Crisis Centre 763 E Broadway 

Cost: $120

The BC Bereavement Helpline and the BC Crisis Centre are hosting a grief support group for those who have been bereaved by suicide. Being with others who have experienced a similar loss has proven to break isolation and create long-term networks of support. This support group is an 8-week program for up to 10 participants. You must be able to attend all sessions.

Spots are limited to 10 and this does fill up. To register, or for more information, please call the BC Bereavement Helpline at 604-738-9950 or email us at contact@bcbh.ca.


Adult Grief Support Program - Vancouver: April 17th-May 22nd

Adult Grief Support Program

A support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. The support group is led by a trained counselor. Each week we will focus on a different theme, such as "the work of grief", "resiliency", "finding meaning", "change". The group includes a discussion of coping strategies and helpful resources.

Dates: April 17th to May 22nd, Wednesday evenings

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Vancouver Hospice Society at 4615 Granville Street

**Pre-registration is Required

Contact: Kayla Hochfelder, by phone at (604) 737-7305 local.216 or e-mail at counselling@vancouverhospice.org 

For information or to register, please contact Kayla Hochfelder.


Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training: Surrey - April 26 & 27

A two-day training session for helping professionals who wish to gain skills for delivering 8-week traumatic death grief support groups (including homicide, suicide and substance-related). This training is best suited for individuals and volunteers who have experience in providing grief support and group facilitation. 

Date: April 26 & 27 (both days necessary)

Time: 9am - 4pm (1 hour lunch break)

Location: Valley View Funeral Home, 14644 72nd Ave, Surrey

Cost: $250 Earlybird rate expires April 1

Registration & Information: CLICK HERE


Compassion in the Hard Places - West Kelowna: April 27

A one-day (6-hour/6 CEUs) workshop on Loss and Grief. Understand the 7 tasks of mourning, learn and practice crafting appropriate responses to shared pain, connect with other caregivers in the helping professions. Receive a certificate of completion for your organization.

Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Emmanuel Church, 2600 Hebert Rd, West Kelowna, BC

Contact: Clair Jantzen, chjantzen1@gmail.com

Register: http://www.springfieldfuneralhome.ca/seminar/

If you have any additional questions please contact Clair Jantzen at chjantzen1@gmail.com


Homicide Grief Support Group - Vancouver: May 1 - June 19

The BC Breavement Helpline will be hosting an eight-week group for individuals breaved by homicide in Vancouver this Spring. 

Being with others who have experienced a similar loss has proven to break isolation and create long-term networks of support. Support groups provide a safe, non-judgemental, compassionate environment for family and friends to share their stories and learn essential grief and mourning survival tools to integrate into their daily lives.

Date: Wednesdays, May 1 - June 19

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Vancouver (full address disclosed upon registration)

Cost: $120

To register (Pre-registration required): 604-738-9950 or contact@bcbh.ca

For more information, call 604-738-9950 or email contact@bcbh.ca


Bereaved Self-Care and Relaxation - Delta: May 16th to June 20th

Bereaved and in need of better self-care & relaxation practices? Then join this music-therapist-led adult group where you will learn a variety of self-care techniques and participate in experiential guided relaxation to help you address feelings of depression, exhaustion and anxiety as they relate to grief. Six Thursday sessions.

Dates: May 16th to June 20th (Thursdays)

Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, Delta

Fee: Program is complimentary, registration required

Contact: 604-948-0660

Website: www.deltahospice.org 

*For more info and to pre-register, contact the Centre at 604-948-0660


Bereavement Programs - Ladner: Feb - April

Grief Support Groups

Starting in Februrary 2019, the Delta Hospice Society will run two free support groups out of the Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner.

Location: 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner.

Contact: For more information or to pre-register, contact the Centre for Supportive Care at 604-948-0660.

Kids Grieve Too

If you know or have a child who is grieving the loss of significant person, consider Kids Grieve Too, counsellor-led bereavement support groups for children, aged 7-12. These groups apply expressive arts and play to reduce anxiety and anger, promote healthy expression of difficult emotions, increase understanding of grief & loss, and provide support through connection with others.

The program is complimentary and held at the Centre for Supportive Care.  For info & to register, contact Teresa at 604-948-0660 * 312 or teresa@deltahospice.org.

The group will meet on five Wednesdays, 4-6 pm from February 6 - March 6, 2019

Adult Grief Group

Have you recently experienced the death of a loved one? Then consider joining a safe & supportive group led by a bereavement counsellor where you will have opportunities to share with and listen to others in similar situations, and to learn to navigate your grief process.

Date: February 27 - April 3

Time: Each Wednesday at 1:00 - 3:00pm


Permission to Grieve Women's Retreat - Bowen Island

A women’s yoga retreat to share, feel and support your grief after loss.

You may never get over the death of a loved one but together we can change our relationship with grief and learn to grow with it. Come be a part of a space where your grief is validated, acknowledged and supported.

Surrounded by nature, join Therapeutic Yoga Teacher and fellow loss survivor, Richelle Muscroft, to nourish your mind, body and soul in a compassionate space with the collective support of women who have also experienced loss.

Weekend Details:
• 3 night stay at Nectar Yoga B&B (private and shared accommodation)
• Nourishing meals from Wildhearts Living
• Daily guided yoga, meditation and breathwork
• Facilitated conversations, share circles and guided journaling
• Quiet time for reflection, nature and rest
• Kitchen Sadhana- Lifestyle Practices workshop
• Take home resources, self-care practices and more
• Space limited to 12 people

Investment:
Your investment includes everything listed above, except transportation to and from Bowen Island. A $400 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration acceptance. $75 off your investment if paid in full by May 1st, 2019.

Please contact richelle@purpleacornyoga.ca


Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society Support Group Program

Groups are structured in such a way that participants are able to meet once a week, for six weeks.

Downtown Vancouver (Georgia & Burrard) 
Monday evenings; six sessions from 7 – 9pm
Next program will be offered: June 3 – July 15, 2019 (no session July 1)
Registration will begin May 3, 2019

Kerrisdale (37th & Larch)
Tuesday evenings; six sessions from 7 – 9pm
Next program will be offered: May 7 – June 11, 2019
Registration will begin April 7, 2019

There is a $200 fee for the program, which consists of six weekly evening sessions of two hours each and a follow-up session a few weeks after program completes. 

To register, please call 604-696-1060 and leave a message. Please state which Program, Location and Date you are interested in attending. 


Overdose Crisis Support Group - Vancouver: Monthly

Have you been affected by the overdose crisis? Have you lost someone or saved someone?

Join us at the Pender Community Health Centre, the first Friday of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. It is an opportunity for ALL community members to get together, share about how you have beenm affected, and to support one another.

When: First Friday of every month

Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm

Where: Pender Community Health Centre 59 West Pender St. (Across from Tinseltown)

For more information please call 604-642-5809


Being with Grief

The next Being with Grief session is happening April 24th 6pm-8pm. This session is for those who have recently experiecned the death of a loved one.

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

'What are common grief responses?'

'Is this normal? Am i normal?'

'How do I know if I need additional help?'

To register or for more infomation on the session, please contact Julie, Burk from Cottage Hospice and Mays Place Hospice at 604-606-0443 or jburk@thebloomgroup.org

These sessions are facilitated in collaboration with Vancouver Coastal health and Providence Health Care.


Surrey Hospice Society: Morning Coffee Drop-In

The Surrey Hospice Society is hosting informal drop-in gatherings are led by our hospice volunteers and designed to support the individuals on our waitlist. Coffee and snacks are provided.

Location: Surrey Hospice Society, 101-13463 78 Ave, Surrey, BC, V3W 0A8

When: Every Friday, 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Cost: FREE

 

For more information contact: admin@surreyhospice.com


Vancouver Hospice Society Program

The Vancouver Hospice Society offers two different kinds of grief support groups for adults in the Vancouver area who are grieving the loss of a loved one:

• Adult Bereavement Support Group: has two sessions, yearly. This group meets in the hospice family room at 4615 Granville street. It is facilitated by a clinical counsellor and is free of charge. To register please call 604-737-7305 ext. 216.

• Healing Touch for Bereavement: Healing touch is a relaxation therapy offered by trained volunteers which involves light touch in aid of energy flow in the body. Sessions are offered on Thursday afternoons at 4615 Granville street. To book an appointment, please call 604-737-7305. Please be sure to state that you are new to Healing Touch. Appointments are free of charge but donations to VHS are always welcome as the VHS Hospice and its activities are 100% charitably funded.


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
This once monthly (third Thursday of the month) group is for Burnaby caregivers, individuals with life limiting illness, the bereaved and BHS volunteers. The Counsellor will lead participants through a relaxation exercise, as well as guided visualization.

Healing Journeys – A Walking Group for the Bereaved
Burnaby Hospice Society volunteers lead weekly walks on scenic park trails in the City of Burnaby for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one. These walks provide informal grief support, comfort and companionship to make your grief journey bearable. An optional coffee/social time follows each walk.

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.


Family Services of the North Shore – Complimentary Restorative Yoga

Family Services of the North Shore is offering complementary 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.