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.

  Professional Seminar – Dr. Alan Wolfelt, PhD, CT

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

Cost: $175 – price increases to $235 after September 15

This professional education workshop made possible by Kearney Funeral Services

  North Shore Bereavement Support Group

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

North Shore support group may 2017

  loss&found Grief Support Group – Vancouver

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.

For more information email: or call Rachel at (778) 840-7224.

  Forum: Substance Abuse Deaths – Who is Impacted & How Do We Support Them?

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 – May Support Groups

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.


  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: 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.

  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.

  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.