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.

  Suicide Loss Support Group/Surrey: September 14 – November 2

BCBH member and partner Valley View Funeral Home, in Surrey, is hosting a Suicide Loss Support Group starting Thursday, September 14 and running for 8 consecutive weeks through November 2, 2017. Time is 6:30 – 8:30PM. With this group you will be able to share your experiences with others who can relate to this type of loss. You will find relief from isolation.

This group will take place at Valley View Funeral Home at 14660 72nd Avenue in Surrey. There is no cost to take part.

Please call Marlyn Ferguson at 604-596-8866 for intake or interview and to register. You may also email Marlyn at

  Homicide Loss Support Group/Surrey: September 15 – November 3

BCBH member and partner Valley View Funeral Home in Surrey (14660 72nd Avenue) is hosting a Homicide Loss Support Group for those bereaved by homicide starting Friday, September 15 and running for 8 consecutive weeks until November 3, 2017. Session times are 2:00 – 4:00PM. There is no cost to participate in this group.

Being with others who have experienced similar losses has proven to break feelings of isolation and create long-term networks of support. This support group provides a safe, non-judgmental, compassionate environment for individuals to share their stories and learn essential grief and mourning survival tools that can be integrated into their daily lives.

Please email Marlyn Ferguson at, or call her at 604-596-8866 to register and arrange a time for an intake interview.

  Suicide Grief Support Group/Vancouver WAIT LIST

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. The group will run Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30pm, from September 13 to November 1, 2017.
Pre-registration required; cost is $120, with subsidies available if necessary.

Currently, applications for this group are full. We are now accepting names for our waitlist.

For more information call 604-738-9950 (or toll-free: 1-877-779-2223) or email

  Burnaby Hospice Society – 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 Thursday, September 7 (Goal Setting) & September 21 (Collage Art) 10am – 12pm.

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 Friday, September 1, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.

  Loss Through Death Groups (Lower Mainland)

In association with the Vancouver Center for Loss and Bereavement and Living Through Loss Counselling Society of BC,  6 week “Loss Through Death” groups are offered to all those who are experiencing loss due to the death of a loved one. These facilitated groups offer individuals an opportunity to learn to adjust to the pain of loss, restore self-esteem, and regain hope and energy for the future. Groups have a limited enrollment, and registration is required. Facilitated by professional grief and loss therapists.

Time & Dates: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

  • The August 1 – September 5th session is now full.
  • Currently taking names for a waitlist for the next session starting September 26, 2017.

Cost: $185.00, includes resource materials (a reduced rate can be offered to those on income assistance programs)

To Register: Please call 604-873-5013 or send an email through the fillable form at:


  Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training September 8 & 9th

On September 8th and 9th, 2017, BCBH will be hosting a two-day training session for individuals and professionals who wish to be trained to run an eight 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.

For more information, see the poster.

The group is currently full; please call us at 604-738-9950 and email us a registration form to secure a spot on our waitlist.

Early bird rate of $200 expires July 19. As of July 20th, the price is $250. Payment can be made via cheque (payable to BC Bereavement Helpline)​, ​E-transfer (, or by Credit Card through PayPal ​either on​ the phone (604-738-9950) or through our website.

  LMGRS Grief Support Groups – Fall 2017

The Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society will be offering Grief Support Programs this Fall in the Downtown Vancouver and Kerrisdale neighborhoods.

Downtown Vancouver (Georgia & Burrard)
  • Monday evenings 7-9pm, beginning October 23 and ending November 27, 2017.
  • Call 604-696-1060 for more information and to be placed on the contact list.
  • Intake and registrations will start September 20, 2017.
Kerrisdale (near 41st & Larch)
  • Tuesday evenings 7-9pm, beginning October 10 and ending November 14, 2017.
  • Call 604-696-1060 for more information and to be placed on the contact list.
  • Intake and registrations will start September 10, 2017.

  Professional Seminar – Dr. Alan Wolfelt, PhD, CT – November 15, 2017

Exploring the Paradoxes of Mourning – Enhancing Your Understanding of 3 Forgotten Truths

Dr. Wolfelt, director of the Center for Loss & Life Transition will explore three forgotten truths surrounding grief and loss. You will learn how sometimes old-fashioned trumps newfangled. You will learn how those who walked before us have much to teach us about the mysteries of life and death. You will learn about the wisdom anchored in three paradoxical truths of mourning.

This workshop will be helpful to anyone who wants to learn more about essential principles for caring for grieving persons. It will be particularly helpful to hospice personnel, counselors, social workers, clergy, pastoral care workers, nurses and lay ministers.

Date:  November 15, 2017

Time:  9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Road, Coquitlam, BC

Please click the brochure for full details –  Wolfelt Brochure_2017.

Registration: email with the following information:

  • Name
  • Job Title & Agency
  • Address
  • Day Phone
  • Email
  • Special dietary requirements

Cost: Early bird pricing is $175 + GST. Price increases to $235 + GST after September 15. Payment can be made over the phone with a credit card (604-736-0268), or a cheque mailed to:

  • Kearney Funeral Services, 450 West 2nd Ave., Vancouver, BC  V5Y 1E2
This professional education workshop made possible by Kearney Funeral Services and the following sponsors.

  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.