Support Groups & EventsAll 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.
Exploring the Paradoxes of Mourning – Enhancing Your Understanding of 3 Forgotten Truths
This one day workshop is designed for professional caregivers; hospice/palliative and “end-of-life” care volunteers; social workers, nurses, physicians, funeral directors and other bereavement caregivers.
Date: November 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Road, Coquitlam, BC
Registration: by phone 604-521-4881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $175 – price increases to $235 after September 15
This professional education workshop made possible by Kearney Funeral Services
Family Services of the North Shore is offering a bereavement support group for those who have experienced the recent death of a loved one. Through this group participants will find support and healing in a safe and caring environment with others who have also experienced a loss. Sessions may included guided meditation, gentle touch and healing touch to facilitate relaxation and stress relief. There is no fee to participate.
Date: Thursdays starting May 4 – June 22, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Sunrise Senior Living, 980 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Registration: Call 604-985-8713
For folks who desire peer support from others also moving through loss and grief of all forms, loss&found offers intimate in-person grief support groups in Vancouver. But this ain’t your regular support group, oh no.
Not only will you get guidance, tools and resources for helping you best heal your heart – you’ll also connect with amazing folks and have the opportunity to engage in fun, community-building, heart-opening activities like yoga, meditation, family-style meals and whimsical nature outings.
Dates: Every other Tuesday evening starting April 25th and ending June 13th (10 weeks, 5 sessions)
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Mount Pleasant, Vancouver
Cost: $65.00 (includes snacks, materials and grief coaching). Or $15 drop-in, but must have attended first session.
*If finances are prohibitive, please touch base and we will do what we can to get your fee covered or subsidized.
Valley View Funeral Home is hosting a forum specific to substance abuse deaths Wednesday, April 26 at 7 pm. Forum speakers include:
- Andra Dunn – A mother who shares her story of loss
- Roselle Quinones – Port Moody Police Victims Services Program Manager & President of Police Victim Services of BC
- Mark Goheen – M.A., R.C.C. ICCECT Clinical Specialist Mental Health & Substance Use Services, Fraser Health
- George Passmore – M.A., R.C.C. – Manager, Counselling and Substance Use Services, Sources Community Resources
Call 604-596-8866 for more information.
Burnaby Hospice Society offers many support groups. Here are the May groups at a glance:
Bereavement Journey 101 – Meets Mondays starting May 1, 1:00 – 2:30 pm for 6 weeks.
Healing Journeys – walking groups for the bereaved.
- Every Monday & Saturday (10am) at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course
- Every Wednesday (10am) at Deer Lake Park
Fitness for the Soul: Workshop & Healing Relaxation Group – this 2x/month group (first and third Thursdays of the month) is for Burnaby caregivers, individuals with life limiting illness, the bereaved and BHS volunteers. Next two groups are on Goal Setting and start on Thursday, May 4 & 18, 2017 (10am – 12pm).
Healing Connections – This once a month (first Monday of each 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. Next group is Monday, May 1, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.
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. Next group is May 5, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.
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: 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.
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
For more information, call 250-877-7451 or toll-free 1-877-335-2233.
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.