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Loss Due to Substance Use

Support Groups


Death of an Adult Child 

Living Through Loss is hosting a support group for the family and friends of those who have lost an adult child due to opiod or alcohol overdose. 

Location: Living Through Loss Counselling Society, 206 - 1651 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. 

Dates: August 29th - September 26th

Time: Thursday Evenings from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Cost: $200.00  

Pre-Registration is required. Please visit: https://livingthroughloss.ca/events/death-of-an-adult-child/


Marlyn at the Valley View Funeral Home is organizing a new support group for those bereaved by the loss of a loved one due to substance use.

Location: Avalon Funeral Home, 13288 108th Ave, Surrey

Dates: September - October, final dates TBD

Contact: please email mferguson@arbormemorial.com or call 604-596-8866 for more information.


Joing the Langely Hospice Society this Fall for a 10 Week Traumatic Loss Support Gruop for parents who have lost children by suicide or substance use.

Location: Langley Hospice Supportive Program Centre, 20660 48th Ave., Langley BC

Dates: September 19 to November 21, 2019

Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

If you would like more information please contact Linda at 604-530-1115 or email adultgriefsupport@langleyhospice.com.

Prince Rupert

For people who have lost a loved one by suicide, homicide, substance use or other traumatic death.

Hosted by RCMP Victim Services in Prince Rupert.

Location: Prince Rupert, exact location TBD

Date: September - October, exact dates TBD

Contact: for more information or to register please contact Joyce at 250-627-7779 or email joyce.charlton@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Stronger Together: Navigating the Personal Impacts of Substance Use Family-led dialogues across British Columbia (2018-2019)

In the context of the opioid overdose crisis in Canada, too many families and communities have been personally and tragically affected. There is a very high need for enhanced family support across British Columbia (BC).

In response to the unsupported and unresolved challenges experienced by families affected by substance use, Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH), BC Bereavement Helpline (BCBH) and BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) have collaborated to organize family-led dialogue and training sessions in seven (7) key communities across BC, in partnership with regional stakeholders. http://www.bccsu.ca/stronger-together/



This project is funded by the Community Action Initiative (CAI) and Overdose Emergency Response Centre (OERC) Innovation fund and will take place between November 2018 – August 2019.

Target Population
The following community members are invited to join the dialogue and share their experiences as:
•    Families affected by substance use service providers, including bereaved families and families whose loved ones are actively using.
•    Service providers interfacing with families, i.e. counselors, coroners, clergy, funeral home staff, etc.
•    Other community members interested in supporting families.

Community Dialogue and Training Opportunities

  • Dialogue Session: Families with loved ones in active addiction
  • Dialogue Session: Families who have lost a loved one to substance use
  • Dialogue Session: Service providers supporting families coping with substance use
  • Learning Session: Grief & Loss Support Group Facilitation
  • Learning Session: Coping Families Support Group Facilitation

Upcoming Community Visits:

Mission Indigenous Community Sessions - September 9 - 11, 2019

Location:  Mission Friendship Centre Society (33150 1st Ave, Mission BC) Sessions will be led by the Indigenous community, and meals are provided.

The following community members are invited to join the dialogue and share their experiences as:

  • For families supporting loved ones in active addiction - Sept 9, 12:00-5:00pm
  • For service providers supporting families through substance use - Sept 10, 9:00-11:30am
  • For families who have lost loved ones to substance use - Sept 10, 12:00-5:00pm

As well as a workshop on learning to support your community and other families through grief, loss, and trauma:

  •  Facilitation Workshop: Walking Forward With Good Medicine - Sept 11, 9:00-4:00pm

Please register at bit.ly/StrongerTogetherMission. For more information please call us at the BC Bereavement Helpline at 604-738-9950 or toll free at 1-877-779-2223.

Campbell River - October, 2019 - Dates are now in development

Vernon - October, 2019 - Dates are now in development

Vancouver - November, 2019 - Dates to be determined

Completed Community Visits:

Victoria - visits completed November 28 - December 1, 2018. Click here for the final report.

Surrey - visits completed March 5 - 9, 2019. Click here for the final report.

Powell River – visits completed April 3-6, 2019. Click here for the final report.

Fort St. John – visits completed May 8-11, 2019. Final report to be posted here.

Prince George - visits completed May 13-16, 2019. Final report to be posted here.

Gone Too Soon Grief Handbook

The BC Bereavement Helpline is committed to supporting anyone in BC who is grieving the loss of a loved one due to substance use. We are currently in the process of developing new programs to support those bereaved by substance use and we hope to get funding soon.  

The BC Centre on Substance Use has developed a very helpful grief guidebook entitled Gone Too Soon.


The Helpline works to have the most updated information on grief support groups specific to substance use. If you are seeking help our support due to the loss of a loved one, please call us at 604-738-9950 or email us at contact@bcbh.ca where we may be able to provide you the most recent programs and resources.

The G.A.P. Network Grief and Addiction Support Resource List - A resource list with emphasis on social media communities, compiled by individuals who have lost loved ones to drug overdose.