Support Groups & Events

All upcoming events, including support groups, retreats, training sessions for professionals, and other events for those who have recently suffered a loss or their careivers. If you know of an event that meets these criteria, please contact us.

  8 Week Homicide Grief Support Group April 11 – May 30

The BC Bereavement Helpline is now accepting registrations for our 8-week group for individuals bereaved by homicide in Vancouver starting April 11 through May 30.

Poster: Homicide Loss Support Group Poster

Date: Every Tuesday April 11 – May 30, 2017

Time: 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Location: Vancouver (address to be provided upon registration)

Cost: $50 (Subsidies available if required)

To register please complete our registration form and send to Karen at or call 604-738-9950.

  Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training

BCBH is hosting a 2-day training session for individuals and professionals who wish to be trained to run an 8-week traumatic death (including homicide and suicide) grief support group. This training will build upon the individual’s pre-existing skill-set and introduce topics specific to traumatic loss.

Date:  Friday, April 7th & Saturday, April 8th

Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (including a 1-hour lunch break)

Location:  Downtown Vancouver

Cost:  $250.00 (early bird rate of $200 until March 7th)

Space is limited. To apply or for more information, please contact Karen at 604-738-9950 or 1-877-779-2223, or email at

  Grief Support Drop In (Smithers)

Bulkley Valley Hospice Society is hosting a regular drop in group for those who are missing a loved one and would like to talk.

Poster: Grief Support Drop In Poster

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30pm

Location: Courthouse, 2nd floor NH Mental Health Conference Room – 3793 Alfred St., Smithers

Cost: Free

For more information, call 250-877-7451 or toll-free 1-877-335-2233.

  Loss Through Death Group

The Vancouver Center for Loss and Bereavement and Living through Loss Counselling Society of BC are hosting 6-week groups for people experiencing the loss of a loved one through death.

Poster: Loss Through Death Group Poster

Date: Feb 28 – Apr 04, 2017; Mar 13 – April 17, 2017; May 02 – June 02, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: #206, 1651 Commercial Dr., Vancouver

Cost: $185, but participants who are on disability pensions or income assistance may pay a reduced fee

To register or for more information, please call 604-873-5013.

  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:

  • Bereavement Walking Group: Wednesday or Saturday morning in Kitsilano. There are 4 sessions yearly. Walkers gather with trained hospice volunteers to share their stories, walk in nature, and support one another. To register, call 604-737-7305 ext. 218.
  • 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.