I am grieving a death

Grief is part of life and grieving is a natural response to loss.

The death of someone very close to you may feel overwhelming and impact many aspects of your life.

You may find that your grief is not what you expected. It may help to know that grief is shaped by who you are and your current life circumstances, your previous experiences with loss, and your relationship with the person who died. There is no right or wrong way to grieve.

As you learn to live with your grief, you may find that your feelings and responses vary. You may experience ups and downs and not always know what caused things to change. When you encounter these natural shifts in your grief, try to be gentle and patient with yourself.

There are things that you can do to help yourself.

Thanks to generous support from our community, Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services are here for you. We are available to help you understand grief and adjust to your loss. We offer support from volunteers and professional counsellors for individuals and families.

Our services include telephone support; in-person counselling; a variety of bereavement support groups, including drop-in and journal groups; information and education; and referrals where appropriate.

Check the links at right for more information or 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.

Are you an adult in the WestShore area who is grieving the death of someone close?

You may be interested in our monthly WestShore Bereavement Drop-in Group running the last Thursday or every month.

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.