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Traumatic Loss Support Group - Prince Rupert: September - October

For people who have lost someone 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.


Bereavement Self-Care & Relaxation Group - Ladner: Sept 12 - Oct 17

If you are an adult who has been bereaved recently & would like to explore & implement self-care practices, then join this FREE group where you will learn a variety of self-care techniques and participate in experiential guided relaxation.

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

Dates: Thursdays Sept 12-Oct 17, 6 weeks

Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm

For info and to pre-register, contact Aspen at 604-948-0660 * 311 or  aspen@deltahospice.org


Camp Skylark - Hope: September 13-15

Camp Skylark is an annual, weekend-long bereavement camp for children ages 7-12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Dates: September 13th - September 15th

Location: Camp Squeah (Close to Hope, BC)

For more information, call the Fraser Canyon Hospice at 604-860-7713 or visit http://www.frasercanyonhospice.org/camp-skylark.html


Grief Support Group - North Vancouver: Sept. 16 - Nov. 4

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.

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

When: Mondays, Sept 16 - Nov. 4 (Oct. 14 session will be rescheduled to Oct. 15)

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Cost: Free, but registration is required

To register: Call 604.985.8713 or email quenneville@familyservices.bc.ca


Suicide Grief Support Group - Vancouver (FULL): Sept 17 - Nov 5

Hosted by the BC Bereavement Helpline and the BC Crisis Centre for anyone who has been bereaved by suicide.

Our eight-week support groups meet once a week for two hours and may include up to ten participants. Our trained facilitators are committed to providing:

  •  A safe, non-judgmental, compassionate environment with time for restorative sharing of stories and insights
  •  Essential grief and mourning survival tools to help survivors in their daily lives
  •  Practical support and information as well as valuable community connections
  •  A respectful space for honouring the life of the person who has died

Dates:  every Tuesdays evening from September 17th to November 5th, 2019

Time:  7:00 - 9:00pm

Location: East Vancouver, exact address to be provided upon registration

This group has reached capacity. A waitlist has been created, please contact us if you would like to be added. To register, all potential candidates will have an intake interview with one of our facilitators. For more information please call  the BC Bereavement Helpline at 604-738-99501-877-779-9950 or email us at contact@bcbh.ca.

     


Suicide & Substance Use Grief Support for Parents - Langley: Sept 19 - Nov 21

The Langley Hospice Society is hosting a support group for parents who have lost children to suicide or substance use.

Every life matters, we remember them because they were important, and they were loved.

Dates: September 19th - November 21st

Time:  Thursdays 6:30 - 9:00pm

Location: Supportive Program Centre, 20660 - 48th Avenue, Langley, BC

If you would like to register or inquire for more information, contact Linda at 604-530-1114 or adultgriefsupport@langleyhospice.com


Grief Education Workshop - Vancouver: Sep 21, 28, & Oct 5

This workshop, put on by the Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society,  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.

Please see the LMGRS website for more information:

Date: Sep 21st, 28th & Oct 5th

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Christ Church Cathedral - Burrard & Georgia, Vancouver, BC

Cost: Early Bird $450 until July 31st and $480 afterwards

Registration: Contact LMGRS at lmgr@lmgr.ca for more information and registration.


Grief Share - Trail Alliance Church: Sept. 23rd

Grief Share - Trail Alliance Church - Trail, BC

Trail Alliance Church is offering a weekly support group beginning on Monday, September 23rd. Start time - 6:30pm. 

Call 250- 368-9516 for more information. 


Drop In Grief Support Walking Group - Squamish: Sep 24 - Oct 29

In times of grieving, it is important to know that you are not alone. This program combines informal support with fresh air and exercise. It is a time to walk and talk, at a relaxed pace, with others to share ideas and support

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

Dates: Every Tuesday, starting September 24th - October 29th, 2019

Time: 10:00-11:00am

Cost: Free to the community, all welcome

Email carlee.baker@vch.ca, or call 604-567-2009 for more information.


The Compassionate Friends Grief Support for Parents - Burnaby: Sept. 25th

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) Metro Vancouver - Burnaby Chapter

For bereaved parents, grandparents & siblings who might be in need of being with those who experienced the unimaginable loss & understand this grief journey.

When: Wednesday, Sept 25th at 7pm
Where: Jubilee United Church Memorial Room at 7551 Gray Ave., Burnaby (use the side entrance from the back lane)

**TCF would like to thank Jubilee United Church for their kind support in providing a meeting space


Suicide Grief Support Group - Surrey: Oct. 3 - Nov. 21

Dates: October 3 - November 21

Time:  Every Thursday 6:30 - 8:30pm

Location: Valley View Funeral Home, 14644 72 Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 2E7

Cost: There is no cost for this support group

Please email Marlyn at mferguson@arbormemorial.com or call 604-596-8866.


Grief Support Groups - Vancouver: Starting Oct 8 & 21, 2019

The Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society regularly offers grief support group programs in the Vancouver area. Upcoming sessions:

Downtown Vancouver (Georgia & Burrard) 
Monday evenings; six sessions from 7 – 9pm
Next program will be offered: Oct. 21 - Dec. 2, 2019 (no session Nov. 11)
Registration/Intake will begin September 21, 2019

Kerrisdale (37th & Larch)
Tuesday evenings; six sessions from 7 – 9pm
Next program will be offered: Oct. 8 - Nov. 12, 2019
Registration/Intake will begin September 8, 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. 

LMGRS does not have a dedicated receptionist. The best way to reach us is by email. To register, please email lmgr@lmgr.ca. Please state which Program, Location and Date you are interested in attending. 


Coffee Get Together: Drop In Grief Support Group - Squamish: Oct 11 - Nov 29

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

Date: Every Friday, starting October 11th - November 29th 

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm

Location: Sea to Sky Community Hospice

Cost: Free to the community, all welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Email carlee.baker@vch.ca, or call 604-567-2009 for more informaion.


Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Service - New Westminster: October 13th

The Metro Vancouver Empty Cradle Bereaved Parents Society is hosting their fourth annual Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Service on Sunday October 13th at 2:00pm. 

This is a family friendly, non-denominational service includes a children's story time, candles, music and an inspirational message to ease the pain of infant or pregnancy loss in the hearts of bereaved parents and those who support them. The service will last approximately an hour and will be followed by refreshments. 

When: Sunday October 13th @ 2:00pm
Where: Olivet Baptist Church - 613 Queens Avenue, New Westminster

For more details please contact Empty Cradle at 604-525-4349 or email emptycradle@telus.net


Rain Down Words Grief Writing Workshop - Vancouver: Oct. 24th to Dec. 12th

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. 

When: Four Week Series, Thursday Oct. 24th, Nov. 7th, Nov. 21st, and Dec. 12th (7pm to 9pm)
Where: Kitsilano/Cornwall area, Vancouver (more location info once registered)

Register at https://www.raindownwords.com/grief-loss-four-week-series
Please register to secure your space. Once you register an email will be sent with payment, location and workshop information. 
**the same participants will attend each week. Closed group after the first week.


Michelle Vandale Memorial Gala - Langley - Nov. 3rd 2019

We would be honoured by your presence at the Michelle Vandale Memorial Gala. Dinner, dancing, silent auction, and live entertainment benefiting the BC Bereavement Helpline.

Date: Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Murrayville Hall, 21667 48 Avenue, Langley BC

Tickets available at www.michellevandalememorial.com 


Adult Grief Group - Delta: Oct 9 - Nov 13

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.

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

Date: Wednesdays, Oct 9-Nov 13 for 6 weeks

Time: 1-3  pm

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


Suicide Grief Support Group - Ladner: Oct 15 - Dec 3

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 bereavement counsellor-led 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.

Date: Tuesdays, October 15th - December 3rd, 2019

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Location: Centre for Supportive Care

4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, Delta BC

Cost: Free

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


Traumatic Loss Support Group Facilitator Training - Abbotsford: Oct 25-26

BCBH & the Abbotsford Hospice Society are hosting this 2-day training session for individuals and professionals looking learn more about how to facilitate an 8-week traumatic loss (homicide, suicide, substance use, and other sudden loss) support group

  • Facilitated by Jessica Lowe, Program Manager of the BC Bereavement Helpline
  • Topics include: types of support groups and what defines the BCBH 8-week Traumatic Loss Support Group model, how to create a safe space, best practices of safe and effective faclitation, how trauma effects grief, and more.
  • Attendees will receive the BCBH Facilitator Training Manual

Location: Abbotsford Hospice Society 32780 Marshall Road

Date: Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26

Cost: Early Bird rate is $250 (expries Sept. 27) Click HERE for payment details.

Contact: Email contact@bcbh.ca or call us at 604-738-9950, or 1-877-779-2223 for more information.

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LMGRS Monthly Grief Circle - Vancouver: Ongoing

If you have completed a grief support program with the Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society (no matter how long ago) you are welcome to join the Monthly Grief Circle for Past Participants.

Please email lmgr@lmgr.ca if you are interested in attending. Please allow 3 business days for a response.


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


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.

Date: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
Time: 3:00–4:30 P.M.
Location: Victoria Health Unit 1947 Cook St., Victoria, BC

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


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


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.


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


New West Hospice Society - Bereavement Walking Group: 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


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


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.