Support Before Death

Victoria Hospice offers professional counselling to both patients and their families facing advanced and progressive illness, death and bereavement.

Before a death occurs, this help can include counselling support at home or at our inpatient unit, including:

  • Help in dealing with the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness and the grieving that begins even before a death occurs. Patients may struggle to come to terms with many losses to be faced. They may feel frightened and overwhelmed - quite normal reactions. Family members and close friends, meanwhile, may feel helpless, hopeless, exhausted, numb, sad, angry or anxious about what the future will bring. This reaction is sometimes called 'anticipatory grief'.
  • Help to plan ahead for future care.
  • Help with practical concerns and plans such as funerals or memorial services.
  • Spiritual care for all faiths, cultures and beliefs.

Contact Counselling Services by calling 250-370-8715 or by email.

Quality palliative and end-of-life care for all: Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing life-limiting illness, death and bereavement through patient and family centred care, education, research and advocacy.