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.

  Bereavement Day Tribute Memorial

The Burnaby Hospice Society is hosting an event honouring Bereavement Day Sunday, June 11, 2017. This free event includes music, reflection and meaningful ritual open to anyone in Burnaby who has experienced the loss of a loved one.

To register please call 604-520-5024 or email by June 2, 2017.

BHS Bereavement Day Celebration June 11, 2017

  Burnaby Hospice Society – May Support Groups

Burnaby Hospice Society offers many support groups. Here are the groups at a glance:

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 Collage Art and start on Thursday, June 1 & 15, 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, June 5, 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 June 2, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.

  Substance Abuse Loss Support Group Starts May 24

Valley View Funeral Home is facilitating a support group for people who have experienced the death of a loved one due to substance abuse. This is a 6-week group starting Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30pm.

Please call Marlyn at 604-596-8866 or email

  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

  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.