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Support Groups & Events

The Vancouver Hospice Society COVID-19 Support Group

The Vancouver Hospice Society is running a group for individuals who have lost a loved one due to COVID. The group will explore the impact of the pandemic on the process of grief as well as the experience of a death due to COVID. 

Contact counselling@vancouverhospice.org for more details. Dates are to be determined. 


The Compassionate Friends Zoom Support Group for Parents: Virtual - Monthly

TCF of Greater Vancouver has a virtual support group on Zoom on the second Saturday of each month at 2pm.

This support group is for bereaved parents who have experienced the death of a child; siblings and grandparents are also welcome.

Please e-mail VancouverbbyTCF@hotmail.com for registration.


Camp Kerry Society COVID-19 Frontline Worker Support Group: Virtual - Monthly

These groups convene monthly on Tuesdays at 4:00pm PST (Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, etc.) and on Wednesdays at 7:00pm PST (Oct 28, Nov 25, Dec 23, etc.) These support groups are intended for adults impacted by the effects of working on the frontlines during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ideal for healthcare workers and essential service providers including; doctors, nurses, community support workers, teachers, and therapists. Each meeting occurs for one hour with a structured format where participants are given the opportunity to share. After each meeting, participants are welcome to connect further with one another using the video conferencing, chat, and audio features available. If you have any questions or feel a need for additional support outside of this group then please reach out to us to learn more about our individual counselling sessions and other services that are currently available.

Dates: Second Tuesday & Last Wednesday of the month

Times: Tuesday 4:00pm PST / Wednesdays 7:00pm PST

Fee: Free

To register please click here.


Douglas College Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course: Virtual - Oct. 28 - Dec. 8th

The Camp Kerry Society is pleased to be offering the Mindfulness Program in partnership with Douglas College. This Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, based on the program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, runs over 8 weeks, and offers guided mindfulness meditation practice.

The course is taught by Camp Kerry Team member, Anne Walker, who has worked in the health care field as a hospice/palliative/oncology care Social Worker for over 20 years. Creating safety, building resilience and holding possibility are important to her as well as compassion, laughter and mutual adventure in learning.

Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date. 

Courses have presently been moved to online delivery, until the end of 2020. Students are expected to participate in class discussions. You will need a computer that is connected to the internet to access the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform. We recommend using either Chrome or Firefox as your browser. As your course includes live sessions, you will also need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate.

Fee: $350

Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 28 – Dec. 8, 2020

Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm PST

Course Number: BREV 1000

Course Registration Number: 31170

Registration: Call CE Registration at 604-527-5472 and quote the course number (BREV 1000) for the session you are interested in. Payment of the tuition fee ($350) must accompany registration.

Further information is available here


Vancouver Hospice Society Loss of a Parent Adult Grief Support Group: Virtual - Nov. 3rd - 24th

Vancouver Hospice Society will be hosting a free, four week virtual support group for adults who have lost a parent. The group will be facilitated by a clinical counsellor and participants will explore the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual components of the grief process.

 

 

Date: November 3rd - 24th

 

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

 

Register: Please email counselling@vancouverhospice.org or call (604) 737-7305, extension 216.


Camp Kerry Society Reflective Writing Series: Virtual - Nov. 16 - Dec. 7

This introductory series is for those without any writing experience and seasoned writers alike. Prior to writing, each session will begin with a check-in and a mindfulness meditation. Opportunities to connect with various exercises that encourage listening to inner thoughts will be provided. This series is designed to support participants with any processing they may want to do specific to their grief while also supporting the reflective process. 

The intention of this series is to inspire and open some new pathways of listening rather than about becoming a better writer. Tama teaches with a flow between deep stillness and effervescent lightness. Through this process she will offer tools and techniques to help with clarity and mindfulness as we move towards the end of a year and the holiday season.

Tama Recker, Group Facilitator: Tama has worked in various roles in hospice and bereavement support for many years. She is a counsellor and Therapeutic Touch practitioner as well as a teacher/facilitator of mindfulness, meditation, creative workshops, and more. She has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the fun at Camp Kerry since 2011 as well as connecting with the quiet moments.

Fee: Free

Dates: November 16th - December 7th

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm PST

Registration: To register, click here and follow the link titled "Register from Western Canada".


Virtual Webinars & Resources

Living My Culture.ca

Quality palliative care helps you honour your culture, spirituality and traditions. At LivingMyCulture.ca, people from various cultures share their stories and wisdom about living with serious illness, end of life and grief to support others. Perspectives include First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Chinese, Ethiopian, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Italian, Pakistani and Somali. 

Morning Star Lodge

This infographic by Morning Star Lodge at the University of Saskatchewan is a guide for Indigenous Peoples for processing grief and maintaining holistic health during these uncertain times.  Canadian Virtual Hospice and the University of Saskatchewan Medical School were partners in the development of this resource.