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.

  Children’s Grief Support Facilitator Training – June 15 & 16, 2018

The BC Bereavement Helpline, in partnership with the Abbotsford Hospice Society, is hosting a two-day training session for individuals and professionals who wish to be trained to run an 8-week children’s grief group. This is sure to be a fun and interactive workshop and will hopefully provide you with some ideas and tools for you to use when helping support children dealing with grief and loss.

Date: June 15th and 16th, 2018
Location: Abbotsford Hospice Society (pay parking nearby)
Cost: $250 per person ($200 early bird rate expires on May 15th)

For more information, see our poster or contact us.

Full payment is required in advance, and can be made via cheque, e-transfer (, or through PayPal (transaction fees of $6.20 for the early bird rate and $7.45 for the regular rate will apply).

  The BC Psychological Association (BCPA) will be hosting two workshops this Spring.

Promoting Self-Recovery from Substance Misuse and Gambling Problems with Brief Motivational Interventions

Presenter: Dr. David Hodgins, R.Psych.

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018

Time: 9:00am−4:30pm

Location: University Golf Club House (5185 University Boulevard, Vancouver)


Anger Modification: Cognitive, Behavioural, and Affective Approaches

Presenter: Dr. Ephrem Fernandez, R.Psych.

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Time: 9:00am−4:30pm

Location: Italian Cultural Centre (3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver)


  Homicide Grief Support Group: Vancouver

The BC Bereavement Helpline will be hosting an 8-week support group for individuals bereaved by homicide.

Being with others who have experienced a similar loss has proven to break isolation and create long-term networks of support. Support groups provide a safe, non-judgmental, compassionate environment for family and friends to share their stories and learn essential grief and mourning survival tools to integrate into their daily lives.

Poster: Homicide Grief Support Group – Spring 2018

When: Every Tuesday, April 3 – May 22, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: Vancouver location (address provided upon registration)

Cost: $120 (or pay what you can)

Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact us at 604-738-9950 or via email at

  Spring Bereavement Walking Program

The Vancouver Hospice Society is hosting an 8-Week Bereavement Walking Program for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Walkers may join at any time. Attendance at all walks is not required.

For more info or to register, please contact:

Sue Wong at 604-731-7805 or
Patricia Ryan at 604-263-1325

Bereavement Walking Flyer – Spring 2018

  Kids Grieve too: Children’s Grief Groups

Delta Hospice is offering a bereavement group for children (age 7-12) called Kids Grieve Too.

A child’s grief is often unrecognized or misunderstood. These groups apply expressive arts and play therapy to reduce anxiety and anger, promote healthy expression of difficult emotions, increase understanding of grief and loss, and provide support through connection with others.

When: Thursday afternoons, April 5 − May 10 2018
Time: 3:30pm − 5pm
Where: Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care
4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner BC

There is no cost for these groups!

For more info please contact Teresa at 604-948-0660 (ext.312) or email

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  Lower Mainland Grief Education Workshop

This upcoming workshop is designed for those who want to develop a better understanding of how to help people who are dealing with loss and grief.

When: September 8, 22, 29 (3 non-consecutive Saturdays)

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Heron Room, 3rd floor of historic Stanley Park Dining Pavillion, Vancouver BC

Cost: $479 (early bird rate of $419 if paid by Aug 1)

For more info please visit:

GEW 2018 Flyer

  Permission to Grieve – A 2 Night Women’s Retreat

Nourish your mind, body and soul in a welcoming space with the collective support of other women who have experienced loss, too.

WHEN: July 6-8, 2018

The weekend will include:

2 night stay at Nectar BnB

Nourishing meals from Wildhearts Catering

Daily yoga, meditation and breath work

Yogi teachings in relation to grief and loss

and more

Investment: $750 or $725 by May 1, 2018



  Suicide Grief Support Group – Vancouver

The BC Bereavement Helpline and the Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC are hosting a grief support group in Vancouver for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Date: Every Wednesday, April 4 – May 23, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Location: 763 E. Broadway

Cost: $120 (with subsidies available)

Registration is required. For more information or to register please call 604-738-9950 or email

  Supporting Grieving Children & Youth Training – Langley

Langley Hospice Society is offering their Supporting Grieving Children & Youth Training starting Saturday, February 17th. It will run for 5 Saturdays, until March 17th, from 9am to 3:30pm. Spots are still available please pass on the information in case you know of someone who may be interested in registering.

Please contact Wendy Sashikata, Child & Youth Bereavement Program

T: 604.530.1115 l C: 604.996.6573

  From Grief to Grace Wellness Retreat – Pemberton

This is an intimate and grounding grief support weekend led by Rachel Ricketts of loss&found where you’ll receive time and guidance to help heal your heart. This weekend retreat is for anyone who is moving through loss + grief of any sort and seeking guidance and peer support to transition into JOY.

Join us May 11th-13th in Pemberton, B.C. for intuitive grief coaching, yin yoga, Reiki healing, breathwork, meditation, delicious home-cooked meals and quiet time in nature.

Details + sign-up here.

Early-bird discount ends March 8th (and limited partial scholarships available)!

  Circle of Hearts: 6-Week After School Program for Grieving Children

Circle of Hearts is offering a six week after school program for grieving children (age 6-12) in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

Date: Starts Tuesday March 27

Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Location: Resource Centre
102-22320 119th Avenue, Maple Ridge

Cost: No fees

*Registration is required. For more info call Susanne at 604-463-7722 or by email at

  10 Week Grief Support Group – Langley

Langley Hospice is offering a 10 week support group for people who are grieving the death of a loved one.

Date: March 15 – May 17th

Time: 9:00am – Noon

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

Cost: No fees

*Registration is required. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Linda by phone at 604-530-1115 or by email:

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  10 Week Traumatic Loss Support Group: Suicide & Overdose

Langley Hospice Society is hosting a 10 Week Traumatic Loss Support Group for parents who have lost children by suicide or overdose.

Date: Thursdays, March 15 – May 17th

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

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

If you would like more info, please contact Linda by phone at 604-530-1115 or by email:

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  Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society – Support Groups

LMGRS Grief Support Group Programs are set up with a three-pronged approach:

  • To receive practical information and tools to help you cope with your loss.
  • A chance to connect with others who are also struggling and who ‘get it’.
  • A process-oriented approach that includes week-to-week practices (Heart-work) to help you with your healing journey.

The programs are non-religious and open to those who have experienced the death of a significant person.

The fee for the program is $150.00 which includes all your materials and light refreshments.

An Intake/Registration Process is required in order to attend one of the Grief Support Group Programs.

Please see the LMGRS website for more information.

Kerrisdale (near 41st & Larch)
When: Tuesday evenings; six sessions from 7 – 9pm
Our next program will be offered: Feb 6 – March 13, 2018

Downtown Vancouver (Georgia & Burrard)
When: Monday evenings; six sessions from 7 – 9pm
Our next program will be offered: Feb 26 – April 2, 2018

Please contact us by email: to get more information for registering.

If you do not have email access, then you can call us at: 604-696-1060 and leave a message. Please state which Program Location and Date you are interested in attending and the Intake Facilitator for that location will contact you as soon as they are able.

  Rain Down Words … Grief & Loss Writing Workshops

Rain Down Words will offer single evening sessions of the Grief and Loss Writing Workshop for those who want to try it out or are unable to come to the 4-week group.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 21, March 22, and April 12

Time: 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location: The Vancouver Women’s Library

Cost: $30 for the evening

For more information or to register, go to


March dates:

Rain Down Words will be offering a Grief & Loss Writing to Heal Four Week Series in March, here is the info:

Date: Every Wednesdays on March 14, March 21, March 28 and April 4th

Time: 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location: The Vancouver Women’s Library

Cost: $100.00 for the four week series

The group is closed to new participants after the first week. Anyone who misses registering can go to the one evening sessions.
Here is the link


  Bereavement Walking Program/Vancouver

BCBH member Vancouver Hospice Society is offering a bereavement walking program for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Gather with others who are experiencing grief to walk, talk, and offer support while receiving fresh air and exercise.

When: 8 week sessions are held in the Spring, Fall & Winter on Wednesday or Saturday mornings.

Where: the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St. (in front of the crab sculpture).

Cost: no charge, but registration is required

For more information or to register, please contact Sue Wong at 604-731-7805, or Maggy Kaplan at 604-736-0877.

  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.


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