Support Following a Death

Victoria Hospice’s commitment to care continues through bereavement services offered by mail or telephone to family members and friends after a death. While contact from Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services may continue for up to one year, bereaved people are welcome to initiate contact during or after that time.

Both volunteers and counsellors are trained and experienced in providing bereavement support. Professional counselling services include face-to-face sessions, telephone support and groups, and are available on a limited basis to individuals, families, youth, children and groups.

Most services are provided free of charge. Donations are welcome and can be made online by clicking the DONATE NOW button above.

Contact Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services by calling 250-370-8868 or by email.

Click here for helpful brochures.

Click here for a list of additional resources.

Spiritual Health services are also available to families and friends following a death.

Bereavement Support Groups

Because not everyone’s grief is the same, Victoria Hospice offers a variety of bereavement support groups. Some groups run for a fixed number of weeks, while others use a drop-in format. Unless otherwise, noted, groups are facilitated by a Bereavement Counsellor with the assistance of a Bereavement Volunteer.

A Note about Fees: Some groups have no fee but donations are welcome. Other groups require a fee in order to recover costs. A limited number of bursaries are available.

Registration & Further Information

Call 250-370-8868, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Monday to Friday, or email Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services.

Victoria Hospice Bereavement Support Groups include:

Healing Practices for Grief

Are you looking for help with your grief? Perhaps you want to learn new ways to express your grief and support your healing. Victoria Hospice is offering a counsellor-led group this fall that may interest you. In this group you will have the opportunity to learn about and practise a variety of tools and techniques that can help with some of the thoughts and feelings commonly associated with grief. Techniques covered will vary and may include weekly journaling, relaxation strategies, expressive art, self-compassion, and mindfulness practices. Please see below for program details.

When: 

  • 7 weeks on Thursdays in October and November 2018, beginning October 11th and ending on November 22nd
  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm (except the first session which will run 5:00-7:15pm)

Location: 

Victoria Hospice, Richmond Pavilion Building, 4th Floor, Room #RP413 (Conference Room)

How to Register:

  • Pre-registration is required: Register by 12:00pm October 4, 2018 (this is designed as a small group and registration limited to 10 participants only)
  • Cost: $140 for 7 weekly sessions
  • To register: call the Bereavement Services office at 250-370-8868
  • Cancellation policy: if you need to cancel you may do so up until 12:00pm on October 1, 2018; no refunds will be offered after this time and date

Wednesday Drop-in Group

An opportunity to listen and to share grief experiences while learning about the grief process and available resources. Attend regularly as you wish. Weekly, except on statutory holidays.
-By donation.

Next Steps (for Widowed Men)

A series of 6 monthly meetings that use information and discussion to address challenges frequently encountered by widowed men. The focus is on developing practical strategies to cope with life without a partner and to identify useful resources. Registration required.
-By donation.

Touchstones Children’s Drop-In Group

A safe and supportive environment for bereaved children aged 5-12 years to come together to share feelings, learn and have fun. Six consecutive Saturday mornings.
-By donation.

Please click here to see a brochure about the Touchstones group.

Journal Group

Learn and practice journal writing as a tool to explore and express grief. A variety of topics on grief and healing are covered. Each session involves teaching, writing, and sharing with others. Suggestions are given for journaling between sessions.
-Fee: $125 (bursaries available).

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