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.
 

  Rain Down Words Grief Writing Workshops – Jan & Feb 2018 – Vancouver

Grief Four Week Series
This four week workshop series will introduce you to writing techniques that will help express those deep raw emotions of grief. Through guided meditation and structured writes, explore the different dimensions of grief and yourself. Obtain the relief that comes when you can express your thoughts and feelings and know that you have put them down somewhere.

Over the four weeks, your writings will reflect a map of your journey towards healing, and a deeper understanding of yourself and others. By writing your grief you will find comfort, inspiration and acceptance within a group of like-minded people.

Location: The Vancouver Women’s Library
Dates: Mondays, January 15, 22, 29 and February 5
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Cost: $100 for the 4 weeks
Maximum 8 people per workshop.
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Grief and Loss Writing Workshop.
These are individual sessions for those that want to try it or are unable to attend all 4 weeks. Through guided meditation and structured writes explore the different dimensions of grief and yourself. Obtain the relief that comes when you can express your thoughts and feelings and know that you have put them down somewhere. Whether the grief you carry is from an actual death or from some of the many losses we sustain in life, come and be welcomed into a safe space with other grief journeyers.

Location: The Vancouver Women’s Library
Dates:
Wednesday, January 24 (6:30-9 pm)
Wednesday, February 21 (6:30-9 pm)
Cost: $30 per workshop
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Please bring your journal/notebook and a pen. Refreshments will be provided.

  Homicide Grief Support Group – Spring 2018 – Vancouver

The BC Bereavement Helpline will be hosting a Homicide Grief Support Group in the Spring of 2018. This 8-week group meets once a weeknight. Location is in Vancouver. Final dates and times to be confirmed. Group is limited to 8-10 participants. To place your name on the waiting list, please contact BCBH at 604-738-9950, or email Jessica at contact@bcbh.ca.

  Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training – Feb. 23-24, 2018

The BC Bereavement Helpline is hosting a two-day training session for individuals and professionals who wish to be trained to run an 8-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.

Date: February 23rd & 24th, 2018 (attendance mandatory at both sessions)

Time: 9am-4pm with a 1-hour lunch break each day

Location: @ the BC Crisis Centre, 763 East Broadway, Vancouver

Cost:  $250 Early Bird rate expires January 19, 2018. $300/person after Jan. 19. Includes manual. Registration form and full payment is required in advance via cheque (payable to BC Bereavement Helpline), E-transfer (contact@bcbh.ca) or by credit card through PayPal either on the phone (604-738-9950) or through our website (www.bcbh.ca).

Click here for the registration form: 2018 Feb 23-24 Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training Registration and email to contact@bcbh.ca.

For more information, please contact Jessica Lowe at 604-738-9950 or email contact@bcbh.ca.

2018Spring – Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training Poster

  Anticipatory Grief Circles of Support Facilitator Training

Through funding provided by the BC Center for Palliative Care, and in consultation with other hospices, BCBH is pleased to offer a two-day, no cost, Anticipatory Grief (Drop-in Group) Facilitation Workshop, Saturday February 17th, 2018 and Saturday February 24th, 2018 from 9am -4pm for seasoned palliative care hospice and healthcare volunteers and staff.

We invite you to attend this experiential workshop that will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to and co-facilitate an Anticipatory Grief Circle of Support Drop-in Group in your community. This workshop is designed to add to your knowledge base on grief and loss, share ideas about self-care, and enhance your facilitation and communication skills as you practice in a safe, peer group setting.

These two Saturdays will provide an opportunity to explore the topic of anticipatory grief and the presence of trauma and traumatic stress that may be experienced in the anticipatory mourning by caregivers and/or family members as they care for someone living with a life limiting illness.

When: Two-day training Saturday, February 17th and Saturday, February 24th. (Content and learning is cumulative, attendance is mandatory at both sessions.)

Where: Ridge Meadows Hospice Society (22320 119 Ave #102, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 2Z3)

Time:     9am – 4pm (bring your own lunch or visit nearby delis within walking distance)

Cost: no charge

Registration: Please note that registration is subject to availability and priority will be given to those experienced and working within the palliative care and long-term healthcare services. Click here to download the form: Feb 2018 Anticipatory Grief Training Registration Final

For more information, please contact Jessica at 604-738-9950, or via email at contact@bcbh.ca.

Online Survey: To assist us in creating the most effective training program, please take a few minutes to complete our pre-training survey and share your thoughts: CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

This grant is provided by BC Centre for Palliative Care, a provincial organization that supports non-profit organizations who strive to improve the everyday experiences for people affected by serious illness or who are nearing end of life.  Since Spring 2016, BC Centre for Palliative Care, in partnership with BC Hospice Palliative Care Association, has provided seed grants, totaling $304,858, to support 67 projects delivered by 48 hospice societies and other non-profit organizations across B.C. 

  Suicide Grief Support Group – Spring 2018 – Vancouver

In cooperation with the Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC, BCBH will be hosting a Suicide Grief Support Group in the Spring of 2018. This 8-week group meets once a week, in the evenings. Location is in Vancouver. Final dates and times to be confirmed. Group is limited to 8-10 participants. To place your name on the waiting list, please contact BCBH at 604-738-9950, or email Jessica at contact@bcbh.ca.

 

  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.

Winter Sessions start on Wed, Jan 24th & Sat, Jan 27th, 2018

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

No charge, but registration is required

For info or to register, please contact:
Wednesday group: Sue Wong at 604-731-7805
Saturday group: Patricia Ryan at 604-263-1325

*Please call either number if unsure of which day you’re interested in. 

  Ceremony of Remembering – Smithers

A Ceremony of Remembering is being held Saturday, December 10 at 2pm, at the Pioneer Place Seniors Activity Centre (on Mountainview Drive, behind the GM Dealership in Smithers).
This ceremony offers opportunity for people to come and participate in a time of remembering of their lost loved one/s.  Quiet reading, music, a candlelight service and a tree decorating ceremony followed by refreshments, will be offered.  Please feel warmly invited and help increase awareness of this very worthwhile event by spreading the word and/or personally inviting someone you think may benefit from this special service.  Invitation handouts are available on request.
For more information contact Denise at 250 877-7451 or email us at bvhospicesociety@gmail.com
Hosted by BV Hospice Society

  Moving Through Grief & Loss -New Westminster

Moving Through Grief & Loss – a workshop for volunteers and service providers who work with seniors.

  • Identify the central needs of those who are mourning
  • Learn about the physical and emotional reactions to grief
  • Explore helpful ways to support a senior who is grieving

When: Monday, January 15

Time: 9:40am – 1:00pm

Where: Inn at the Quay, 900 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (Hyack Room)

Cost: Free! Please register as space is limited. Brunch will be provided.

Registration is due by Friday, January 12.

You can register on EventBrite, or call 604-985-8713 or email quenneville@familyservices.bc.ca

  Rain Down Words … Grief & Loss Writing To Heal

Through guided meditation and structured writes explore the different dimensions of grief and yourself. Obtain the relief that comes when you can express your thoughts and feelings and know that you have put them down somewhere. Whether the grief you carry is from an actual death or from some of the many losses we sustain in life, come and be welcomed into a safe space with other grief journeyers.

Location: The Vancouver Women’s Library

Date: Mondays, October 30, November 13 and December 11

Time: 6:30 – 9:00pm

For more information or to register, go to raindownwords.com/grief-loss-writing-to-heal.

  Surrey Hospice Society – Fall Programs and Events

Surrey Hospice Society will be hosting a variety of programs and events this fall, including:

  • Overdose Loss Support Group – For those who have lost a loved one to overdose, held on Wednesdays from November 15 – December 20th, at 6-8 pm (Poster)
  • Hopeful Hearts Lantern Making Workshop – A grief support group for children, held on December 2nd and 9th, from 1 – 4:30 pm (Poster)

For more information or to register, call 604-584-7006 or visit surreyhospice.com.

  Burnaby Hospice Society – Support Groups

Burnaby Hospice Society offers many options for grief support:

A registered clinical counsellor provides short term individual counselling to anyone within 2 years of loss. Services are designed to meet the individual’s specific needs. Referrals to specialized professionals are available if further support is needed.

Healing Journeys – walking groups for the bereaved.

  • Every Monday & Saturday (10am) at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course
  • Every Wednesday (10am) at Deer Lake Park

Bereavement Journey 101

Join us Mondays for this 6-week group, learning what normal grief looks like. Gain an understanding of your bereavement and knowledge and skills to work with the challenges inherent in grieving. The next 6-week group starts on Monday, November 6 – December 18, 2017 (1pm – 2:30pm).

Fitness for the Soul: Workshop & Healing Relaxation Group – This twice monthly (first and third Thursday of the month) group is for Burnaby caregivers, individuals with life limiting illness, the bereaved and BHS volunteers. The Counsellor will lead participants through a relaxation exercise, as well as guided visualization.

Healing Connections – This once a month (First Monday of the 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.

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.

  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:

  • 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.