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Valley View Homicide and Suicide Support Groups: Surrey - Mar 3 to Apr 23

HOMICIDE SUPPORT GROUP

This group is for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one to homicide.

This 8 week group will begin Tues. Mar. 3rd – April 21st

SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUP

This group is for adults who have experienced the death of a loved to suicide.

This 8 week group will begin  Thurs. Mar. 5th – April 23rd

Location: Valley View Funeral Home 14660 72nd Ave. Surrey

If you are interested in attending any of these groups

Please contact Marlyn at 604-816-2144 or email

mferguson@arbormemorial.com

 


Substance Related Passing Support Group: Tri Cities - Mar 5 to Apr 23

Substance related passing Grief Support Group available for residents of Tri-Cities, Anmore and Belcarra.

8-week Program March 5 to April 23. Pre-registration required.

To register, please call or e-mail. 604-945-0606 Ext 1 support@crossroadsHospice.org


safeTALK: Vancouver - Feb 8, Mar 9

A half-day training the provides tools to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to resources. 

Register today.


Healing Hearts with Mom Stop the Harm Peer Based Support Group: New Westminster - Jan 15, Feb 19

A peer-based support group for families and loved ones who have lost someone to a substance related passing 

Date: January 15th, 2020

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Anvil Centre, Room 413A - 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC

We meet on the third Wednesday of the month. The goal of our meetings is to create a safe place to share and remember our loved ones

For more information or to register, contact:

Lizzy at Ratanist@hotmail.com or Cheryl at 604-812-2672

Future meetings: February 19th, 2020


Family Services of the North Shore Grief Support Group: North Vancouver - Jan 20 to Mar 9

Find support and healing in a safe and caring environment with others who have also experienced loss. Sessions may include guided meditation, gentle touch and healing touch for relaxation and stress relief.

 

When: Mondays, January 20 to March 9, 2020

(Feb. 17 session will be rescheduled to Feb. 18)

 

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

 

Where: Sunrise Senior Living, 980 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

 

Cost: Free, but registration is required

 

Register: Call 604.985.8713 or email quenneville@familyservices.bc.ca

Find support and healing in a safe and caring environment with others who have also experienced loss. Sessions may include guided meditation, gentle touch and healing touch for relaxation and stress relief.

 


Vancouver Hospice Society Bereavement Walking Program: Vancouver - Jan 25 to Jan 29

Vancouver Hospice Society is hosting an 8-week Bereavement Walking Program starting on Saturday Jan. 25, and Wednesday Jan. 29. Sessions are faciliated by trained hospice volunteers. 

Location: Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St. (in front of the crab sculpture)

Cost: No charge

Dates: Wed Jan. 22 & Sat. Jan. 25

To register or for more info, please contact:

Wednesday groupSue Wong at 604-731-7805

Saturday group: Maggie Campbell at 604-602-9068

*If unsure of which group you're interested in, please call either number above. 


enLightening the Load: For Indigenous Women Grieving: Maple Ridge - Jan 31 to Feb 2

enLightening the Load:  A retreat for Indigenous women grieving the loss of a loved one caused by drug addiction.  

This event would be an emotionally nourishing spiritually guided experience. Facilitated by Adele Arcand, " Bear woman", Cree wisdom keeper, educator  and healer from Edmonton, Alberta. Adele has over 30 years experience working with families dealing with grief and loss.It is being put on/promoted by the Pacific Association of First Nation's Women (PAFNW).

Where: Loon Lake Lodge & Resort Center, Maple Ridge BC

When: Friday January 31, 3:00 pm - Sunday February 2, 2:00 pm

Space is limited. Register today! Registration at https://pafnw.wordpress.com/events-calendar/


Community Death Talk: New Westminster - Feb 5, Mar 4

Do you have questions about death that you don’t know who to ask? We are experts in all things morbid. Ask us anything!

About this Event

Does everyone get an autopsy? How do I donate my body for scientific research? Well, this is your chance to ask all your morbid questions without being judged! Holly is an expert in all things morbid. She also has spent many years in funeral homes and assisting families cope with their grief. Pick her brain! If she doesn’t know the answer, she definitely will know someone who does. Special guests will include Funeral Directors, Embalmers, Pathologists, grave yard staff and others who work in the morbid world of death.

Cost: FREE

When: Wednesday, February 5th & Wednesday March 4th 

Where: 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 1B3

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-death-talks-tickets-87470908843


Eight Week Children's Grief Support Group: New Westminster - Feb 8 to Mar 28

This 8 week support group is for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The support group incorporates art, music, mindfullness, problem solving and relationship building into each session, while teaching children healthy ways of grieving and giving them the opportunity to connect with other children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. 

If you are interested, please fill out the online application: www.sacredjourneypathways.com / Workshop & Events / Application

Cost: $250.00 

Location: 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 1B3


Better Care for the Caregiver and the Mystery of Death with Barbara Morningstar: Surrey - Feb 12

This is a workshop designed for funeral Directors/ Embalmers, healthcare professionals, palliative care, first responders etc. and any one working in bereaved programs. This workshop has been approved by the CEU for 6 credits. 

Date: Wednesday, February 12th

Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm

Where: Valley View Funeral Home

Cost: $195.00

To register, please call Valley View Funeral Home at 604-596-8866.

Payments can be made by credit card of cheque. 


Healing Hearts Grief Group: Abbotsford - Feb 12 to Apr 8

Teen Grief Group

This supportive groups session is available for teens ages 13-18 who have experienced the death of a friend or family member. This grief group is reccommended for teens who are ready to actievely engage in grief and mourning work. 

Dates: Feb 12- Apr 8 (Wednesday evenings)

Time: 4-6pm

Cost: No charge but registration is required. 

Contact Lakhbir at lakhbir@abbostfordhospice.org or 604-852-2456 ext.412. 


Free Bereavement Adult Support Group: Delta - Feb 26 to Apr 1

Adult Grief Group
Have you experienced recently the death of a loved one and would like support during this difficult time? Then consider joining our safe & compassionate bereavement counsellor-led FREE group where you will have opportunities to share with and listen to others in similar situations.

Date: Wednesday for six  weeks, February 26-April 1

Time:  6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Centre for Supportive Care; 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner

Cost: Free

For info & to pre-register, contact Debra at 604-948-0660 * 303 or debra@deltahospice.org


Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society (LMGRS - Grief Education Workshop): Vancouver - Mar 7, 14, 21

Grief Education Workshop (GEW)

This workshop is designed for those who want to develop a better understanding of how to help people who are dealing with loss and grief. 

It may be of special benefit to professionals who work in healthcare, financial services, insurance, law, HR/EAP and college/university counselling departments, but anyone with an interest in this area/topic is welcome.

Program Objective

- Gain an in-depth knowledge of the grieving process 

- Develop skills of how to support the bereaved - individually and in groups 

- Learn various grief management models 

- Understand the different kinds of losses 

- Increase awareness of disenfranchised and complicated grief 

When and Where 

- March 7, 14, 21, 2020 (three consecutive Saturdays)

- 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

- Downtown – Burrard & Georgia, Vancouver, BC / Exact location provided after registration 

Registration opens January 1, 2020

- Registration Application and Intake Conversation with Facilitator required

- Regular Rate = $480

Early Bird Rate Jan 1 - 31 = $410

 

Please email: lmgr@lmgr.ca if you are interested. 


Surrey Suicide Grief Support Groups: Surrey - Mar 5 to Apr 23

The BC Bereavement Helpline and the Crisis intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC 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. Support groups provide a safe.non-judgmental, compassionate environment for bereaved individuals to share stories and learn grief and mouring survival tools.

Date: March 5th - April 23

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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

Cost: No fee

Call Marlyn Ferguson at 604-596-8866 for info and registration.


ASIST Suicide Prevention Workshop: Vancouver - Feb 20, 21 & Mar 12, 13

A two-day workshop with practice-oriented training that builds skills and confidence in suicide intervention 

Register Today 


Vancouver Suicide Grief Support Group: Vancouver - Apr 22 to Jun 17

The BC Bereavement Helpline and the Crisis intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC 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. Support groups provide a safe.non-judgmental, compassionate environment for bereaved individuals to share stories and learn grief and mouring survival tools.

Date: April 22 - June 17 2020 (no group june 3)

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Broadway and Fraser Vancouver (disclosed upon registration)

Cost: $120 (subsidies available)

Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call 604-738-9950 or email contact@bcbh.ca


Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society (LMGRS) Grief Support Group: Vancouver - Feb 4 to Mar 30

We will be starting registration in January for our Grief Support Group Programs at our two locations.
http://lmgr.ca/support-groups/
 
Downtown Vancouver (Georgia & Burrard) February 24 – March 30, 2020
Monday evenings: Six sessions plus Follow up: 7 – 9pm
We will be offering our next program at this location
Registration and intake will begin January 27, 2020 for this program.
 
Kerrisdale (37th & Larch) - February 4 – March 10, 2020
Tuesday evenings: Six sessions plus Follow up: 7 – 9pm
We will be offering our next program at this location
Registration and intake will begin January 6th, 2020 for this program.


Rain Down Words Grief Writing Workshop: Vancouver - Feb 10 to Apr 6

Writing through grief offers you the opportunity to: 

  • reflect on the meaning and significance of the loss in your life as it applies to your inner self.
  • write your feelings down as a map of your journey towards healing.
  • separate and sort through all the confusion and conflicting emotions that surface after a loss.
  • let off steam, release tension and express creative urges in a safe and harmless way.
  • clarify what you are thinking and feeling as you move from thinking to writing it down.

 Debbie uses 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

 

 MONDAYS…  starting   Feb 10, Feb 24, March 02 and March 9th.      (7pm to 9:00pm) 

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

Location: East Van near Commercial Drive.  Vancouver, B.C. (more location info once registered.)

(2nd SERIES)

MONDAYSstarting…March 16, March 23, March 30, and April 6th. (7pm to 9pm)

 

Register at  https://www.raindownwords.com/grief-loss-four-week-series

Please register to secure your space. Once you register and email will be sent with payment, location and workshop information.

 

 

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

 

MONDAY, FEB 10, 2020        (7pm to 9pm)

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020 (7pm to 9pm)

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020       (7pm to 9pm)

 

See website for more info: www.raindownwords.com


Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP): Surrey - Ongoing

Langley, Surrey and Fraser Valley GRASP Chapter - Ongoing

Grief Recovery After Substance Passing (GRASP) was created to offer understanding, compassion, and support for those who have lost someone they love through addiction and overdose. Meet those who have suffered this same kind of loss and have found the love and connection that only those who have lived this loss can give another.

Days/dates: First Thursday of Each Month
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: Surrey. Please contact facilitator for exact location. 

Contact Person: Heather Mullen
Email Address: grasplangleysurreyfraservalley@gmail.com
Primary Phone Number: (604) 616-4800


MAiD Bereavement Support Group: Victoria - Ongoing

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 bereavement support group for family and friends of MAiD recipients in the Victoria area is judgment 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.

Beginning January 2nd, 2020

Date: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
Time: 3:00–4:00 P.M.
Location: Saanich Peninsula Hospital Room 1656 (Outside the Chapel). Victoria, BC

For information contact: Oceanna Hall, M.Div M.Ed.
CASC Clinical Specialist
250-886-1077


New West Hospice Society - Bereavement Walking Group: New Westminster - 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 236-333-5150 or email programs@newwesthospice.ca


Complimentary Relaxation Circle: North Vancouver - Ongoing

For senior caregivers and adults living with life-limiting or chronic illness, or grieving the death of someone close. Come experience a nurturing treatment of gentle touch, healing touch or therapeutic touch combined with guided visualization to promote a sense of well-being and deep relaxation.

Date: 1st Wednesday of each month

Time: 1:50 - 3:30 pm

Location: Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver, BC

Cost: Free, but registration is required

Registration: Call 604-985-8713 or email quenneville@familyservices.bc.ca for more information and registration.


Suicide Bereavement Alumni Group: Delta - Ongoing

If you have previously attended a suicide bereavement support group and would like to connect with others with similar experiences on an ongoing or occasional basis, then join the Centre for Supportive Care’s Suicide Bereavement Alumni Group. This FREE bereavement counsellor- or trained volunteer-led peer support group is open to all communities and is drop-in, so there is no commitment to attend every month.  Registration prior to attending is required.

Date: Every 2nd Tuesday of each month

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Centre for Supportive Care

4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, Delta BC

Cost: Free

For Registration and additional Information: Contact Teresa at 604-948-0660(*312) or at teresa@deltahospice.org


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 been 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


Among Friends: Abbotsford - 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


Bereavement Support at Burnaby Hospice Society: Burnaby - Ongoing

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.


Vancouver Hospice Society Program: Vancouver - Ongoing

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.


Family Services of North Shore Complimentary Gentle Yoga: North Vancouver - Ongoing

Complimentary Gentle Yoga for senior caregivers and adults living with life-limiting or chronic illness, or grieving the death of someone close.

New to yoga? Come experience a slow and mindful practice that will help you develop balance, strength and flexibility. This is a perfect beginning yoga class offering a softer, gentler approach. Must be able to get up and down from the floor.

When: Fridays (first and third)

Time: 9:45AM -11:20 AM

Free of cost, registration required.

Call 604-985-8713

Email: quenneville@familyservices.bc.ca


Family Services of the North Shore – Complimentary Restorative Yoga: North Vancouver - Ongoing

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.


Wellness Warrior Cafe: Abbotsford - Ongoing

This program is for youth ages 18-24 who would like one to one grief support. 

The Abbotsford Hospice Society believes in a society and community where every child, youth and adult has access to grief and loss support as and when they need it. 

To register or for more information, contact Lakhbir.

lakhbir@abbotsfordhospice.org or 604-852-2456 ext 412