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.

  Lightening the Loss: A 12 Week Grief Support E-Course

Hosted by intuitive grief coach and certified death doula Rachel Ricketts of loss&found, this 12-week, self-guided grief support e-course can help you minimize the pain of grief and utilize this challenging experience as the doorway into grace.

You’ll get structured guidance, tools and resources for helping you best heal your heart – including an online yin yoga class, virtual transformational breathwork session, personal intuitive grief coaching and peer support from other folks in the program – all from the comfort of your own home. This is the perfect support to get you through the holiday season.

Date: Nov 12, 2017 – Jan 28, 2018 (email with course content sent every Sun eve)

Location: Online.

Cost: $375 until Oct 20th ($550 thereafter). Payment plans available + 2 FREE spots are reserved for those receiving social assistance.

Registration + information can be found here.

  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

  Free Dr. Alan Wolfelt Seminar

Dr. Alan Wolfelt, PhD is hosting a free community seminar “Exploring the Need to Grieve & Mourn: Helping Yourself, Your Family, and Your Friends Heal.”

Date:  November 14, 2017

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: St. Patrick’s Church at 2881 Main St., Vancouver

Pre-registration by November 10th is required. Please email, or phone 604-736-0268.

  Effective Grief Interventions for Caregivers of People w/Dementia Related Stress

The Living through Loss Counselling Society of BC in Association with the Vancouver Centre for Loss and Bereavement will be holding a workshop (10:00 am – 4:00pm) for health-care providers, residential care workers and at home care givers who work daily with people suffering Dementia related diseases. Alzheimer’s Society of Canada estimates that there are over 500,000 Canadians who have dementia with projections of double that number by 2020. Currently training and support to our caregivers is at best limited and unevenly distributed across the country. This intro workshop looks at the grief response, protracted grief or what some call “living grief”, disenfranchised grief and effective interventions that caregivers can use to protect themselves in these situations as well as too better support the person they are caring for and their families.
Workshop Date: November 24th, 2017

Location: Living through Loss Counselling Society Offices or TBD on group size

Cost: $215.00
Group Size is limited.

  Death of an Adult Child to Opioid or Alcohol Overdose

Death of an Adult Child – A Support Group for parents, family and friends who have suffered the death of an adult child to opioid or alcohol overdose.
The Living through Loss Counselling Society of BC(LTLC) is offering a support group for parents, family and friends who have suffered the traumatic and sudden death of an  adult child due to opioid or alcohol related overdose. The Society has supported over the past 18 months a significant number of parents and family members who have lost their loved one to drugs or alcohol. Assessing a gap in the community support and grief and loss care needed, LTLC will be offering a six (6) week support group.
Group Date: Runs Wednesday evenings 6:30 -8:00 pm , starting November 15th for 6 weeks (Nov 15th – Dec 20th, 2017)
Location: Living through Loss Counselling Society Offices

Cost: $185.00
Group Size is limited to 8 participants

  After the Care, After the Loss – Alzheimer’s & Dementia Loss

After the Care, After the Loss –  A Unique Support Group for Spousal/Partners,Adult Children, Family & Friends who have suffered a death due to Alzheimer & Dementia related diseases.
The Living Through Loss Counselling Society of BC is beginning a support group for individuals who have provided care and support to a loved one who suffered from Alzheimer’s or Dementia related disease. After the death their is no real focused care and support other than one on one counselling or general loss through death groups. Those who may benefit from this group are individuals who have supported and provided care to a loved one suffering with Alzheimer’s or Dementia related disease, and now after the death are looking for support and understanding in how to adjust to the death.
Group Date: Runs Thursday afternoons  1:00pm to 3:30pm , starting November 9th for 6 weeks (Nov 9th – Dec 14, 2017)

Location: Living through Loss Counselling Society Offices

Cost: $185.00
Register: at or email: for more information
Group size is limited to 8 participants

  Surrey Hospice Society – Fall Programs and Events

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

  • Finding My Way (4 Sessions) – An adult grief support group held on Wednesdays from October 18th – November 8th, at 6-8 pm (Poster)
  • 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)
  • Nature’s Amble – A walking group for those who have lost a loved one, held on September 14th – October 4th, on Wednesdays from 10 am – 12 pm (Poster)
  • Nature’s Amble Infant Loss – A walking group for perinatal and infant loss, held on October 18th – November 8th, from 10 am – 12 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

  Loss Through Death Support Group – Vancouver

The Living Through Loss Counselling Society of BC still have spaces available in their upcoming Loss Through Death Support Group, and are able to offer 3 or 4 complimentary spaces for individuals who are on disability or have limited financial resources to cover the group fee.
Group Date: Runs Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm -8:30 pm, starting October 10th
Location: Living through Loss Counselling Society Offices
Contact: 604-873-5013 or via email at

  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

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 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, November 2 & Thursday, November 16 (Wellness Series from 10am – 12pm).

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. Monday, November 6 (6pm – 7:30pm).

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, October 6, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
and Friday, November 3.

  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. The next Fall session starts Wednesday, September 27th and Saturday, September 30th.

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.

Bereavement Walking Flyer – fall 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.

  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.

  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.