Bereavement Services

Support through Grief and Loss

The death of someone very close may feel overwhelming and impact many aspects of your life. Thanks to generous community support, Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services are available to help you understand grief and adjust to your loss.

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.

Support Before Death: Registered patients and their families can receive support in their homes or on our palliative care unit to assist with emotional, psychological, or spiritual issues, as well as practical matters such as financial, funeral, and care planning. Contact Counselling Services by calling 250-370-8715 or by email.

Support Following a Death: Victoria Hospice’s commitment to care continues through bereavement services offered to family members and friends after a death. Bereavement services are available to non-hospice registered families in the community as well. Services are provided in our Community Support Centre and for more details, call 250-519-3040.

Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are conducting individual counselling sessions over the phone and through ZOOM videoconferencing within our community. Please call 250-519-3040 for details and support.

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. 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.

Upcoming Bereavement Groups

Online Bereavement Support Group

Oct. 21 – Dec. 9 (no session on Nov. 11)

A 7-week support group focused on bereavement following the death of a loved one, facilitated by a Victoria Hospice Bereavement Counsellor. This group includes both sharing and support, as well as grief education.

  • More details

    Each session will consist of:

    • A check-in in which each participant will have a chance to speak to where they are at in their grief that day;
    • A 10-15 minute presentation on a topic intended to support you in your grief;
    • And a discussion of the topic and other predominant themes of the day.

    Where: Online using Zoom platform (must have access to a device that can have a Zoom account and has a microphone and camera).

    When: The sessions will be held Thursdays starting at 4:30 pm.

    Who: Limited number of registered participants who are bereaved following the loss of a loved one.

    Register by contacting our email at or by calling our office number at 250-519-3040.

    ** A pre-group interview with a counsellor is required to discuss your needs, answer any questions you may have, and determine whether the group is a good fit for you at this time.
    **Information for setting up Zoom and participating in this type of group format will be sent via email prior to the start date of the group. ​
    **Your email will also be used to contact you throughout the 7 weeks about practical information for the group (Zoom invitation, resources from the sessions, evaluations, etc). 

Living with Grief: Adjusting to Life After Loss

Thurs. Oct. 14, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

A one-time, interactive online workshop, for those who are bereaved following the death of a loved one, covering the basics of grief and ways to cope.

  • More Details

    Has someone important to you recently died? Are you surprised by your grief and wondering what is normal and how best to cope? This workshop, developed by the grief counsellors at Victoria Hospice, is aimed to help people learn to live with their grief, following the death of a person who is important to them.

    Join us to:

    • Learn about the differences between grief and mourning
    • Explore the many ways that grief can impact our lives
    • Explain how grief naturally works to help us live with our losses
    • Identify ways to support healthy adjustment to loss
    • Share and support each in your grief experiences

    This workshop will take place using the Zoom video platform. To participate, you need access to a device that can use Zoom and has a microphone and camera.

    Click here to register

    If you have further questions, please call Bereavement Services at 250-519-3040 or email 

Room to Grieve, Space to Heal: Bereavement Support Group following a Toxic Drug Death

Oct. 13 – Nov. 24

In response to the opioid and fentanyl crisis in our communities, we are offering a 7-week support group for adults who are grieving someone who has died by a toxic drug death. 

  • Usually runs Wednesdays, 4:30pm to 6:30pm.
  • More Details

    Facilitated by a bereavement counsellor, the group incorporates grief education, sharing and support, therapeutic activities and exploration. The group aims to enhance one’s sense of community and belonging, explore unique features of grief in response to a substance-related death, and support the healing process of grief. 

    How we meet: The group will meet virtually via Zoom. (If unfamiliar with using Zoom, our staff can assist you to become comfortable with this technology.)     

    Group size: Limited number of participants to enhance comfort. (Commitment to attend all sessions enhances the value of the group experience.)

    Fee: $120 (A limited number of bursaries is available. Please speak to us if the fee is a barrier to your participation.)

    To register or to obtain more information: Please call 250-519-3040 or email

    ** A pre-group interview with a counsellor is required to discuss your needs, answer any questions you may have, and determine whether the group is a good fit for you at this time.

    If you have further questions, please call Bereavement Services at 250-519-3040 or email 


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. For further information, call 250-519-3040 or email Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services.


Contact by calling 250-519-3040 or by email at

Victoria Hospice’s Bereavement Services are located in our Community Support Centre located at 102-4450 Chatterton Way.

Groups Postponed due to COVID-19

*Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and our need to practice physical distancing, these groups have been postponed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.*

  • Weekly Drop-In Groups

    Drop-in support groups that run weekly in Victoria and monthly in the WestShore

    Registration required, by donation: Call 250-519-3040 (9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST) Monday to Friday, or email Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services. Groups run the days listed below (except stat holidays).

    Greater Victoria: Every Tuesday. (ON HOLD)
    Westshore: The last Thursday of each month. (ON HOLD)

  • ‘Walking Through Grief’ Support Group

    A weekly walking group for those who are grieving

    Walking in the outdoors provides a different way of expressing, exploring, and sharing in grief. If you are someone who is grieving, find that walking in nature at a relaxed pace is therapeutic, and value conversations with others to explore your grief, please give us a call at Bereavement Services (250-519-3040) or email to find out more.

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