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

We offer free individual counselling for South Island residents (up to six sessions). Some fees may apply for ongoing programs, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. You do not need a prior connection with Victoria Hospice to access bereavement support. Services are provided in our Community Support Centre and for more details, call 250-519-3040.

Upcoming Bereavement Groups


Suicide Loss Support Group: Bereavement Support Following a Suicide Death

Oct 19 to Nov 30 – Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:30

Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services is offering a seven-week support group for adults who are grieving a loved one who has died by suicide. Facilitated by a bereavement counsellor, the group incorporates grief education, sharing and support, therapeutic activities, and creative exploration.

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    The group aims to enhance one’s sense of community and belonging, explore unique features of grief in response to suicide death, and support the healing and adaption process of grief.

     When: Oct. 19 to Nov. 30, 2022, Wednesdays 4:30 to 6:30pm

    Where: The series will be held at the Community Support Centre on Chatterton Way or online on the Zoom video platform.

    Group size: Limited number of participants to enhance comfort. A commitment to attend all sessions enhances the value of the group experience.

    Fee: Registration fee is $70. Please speak to us if the fee is a barrier to your participation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds; bursaries are available.

     ** 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.

     To register or for more information call 250-519-3040 or email Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca

Online Bereavement Support Group

Thursdays, November 3 – December 15

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.

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

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

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

    Registration: Contact us at Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca or call 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).

Yoga for Grief

Wednesday, Nov. 16 and/or Wednesday, Dec 7

Yoga for Grief is a 2-hour workshop facilitated by Victoria Hospice volunteer Colleen Tiltman, a certified yoga teacher, with the support of one of our bereavement counsellors.

The workshop is designed for bereaved people to help support their grief journey. Participants will be introduced to a variety of yoga practices, including gentle movement and postures, breathing techniques, and a restorative guided relaxation.

No previous yoga experience is required to participate. Modifications and adaptations will be provided as needed.

Please bring:

  • a yoga mat
  • 2 blankets
  • a small cushion to support your head
  • an eye pillow/eye covering
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    When: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 9:30 – 11:30 am and/or Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9:30 – 11:30 am

    Where: In-person, with COVID-19 protocols in place, at the Victoria Hospice Community Support Centre located at 102-4450 Chatterton Way.

    Cost: The workshop fee of $20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds; bursaries are available.

    Registration: Space is limited. Please register no later than one week before the workshop date by contacting Bereavement Services at Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca or 250-519-3040.

Exploring Grief through Creativity Workshop: Celebrate a Life Theme

Tuesday, November 29

Exploring Grief through Creativity workshops provide a supportive, creative way for people in bereavement to explore their experiences of grief through various art media. They are open to anyone who is grieving and may be inspired by art and creativity. No art experience is required, just a willingness to try something creative. Facilitated by a Victoria Hospice Bereavement Counsellor with Expressive Arts training.

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    When: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 3:30 – 6:30 pm

    Where: In-person, with COVID-19 protocols in place, at the Victoria Hospice Community Support Centre located at 102-4450 Chatterton Way.

    Cost: The workshop fee of $20 and includes all materials. No one will be turned away for lack of funds; bursaries are available.

    Registration: Please register no later than one week before the workshop date by contacting Bereavement Services at Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca or 250-519-3040.

Grieving Through the Holidays (online): workshop

Friday, December 2

Are you wondering how to get through the holiday season after the loss of an important person in your life? Facilitated by a bereavement counsellor and bereavement volunteer, this free workshop offers ways to cope with, honour, and navigate grief through the holidays. Along with other people who are grieving someone important in their life, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, share ideas, and learn about how to care for themselves as they grieve through this holiday season.

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    When: Friday, December 2, 2022, 2 – 4 pm

    Where: This is an online workshop on Zoom, offered to a limited number of participants. Instructions to participate on Zoom will be given with registration.

    Cost: There is no charge for this workshop, but donations are gratefully accepted.
    Please call 250-519-3040, email Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca, or drop by 102-4450 Chatterton Way during typical office hours in order to donate.

    Registration: Please register for this event on Eventbrite.

    When registering you are confirming your spot in a workshop with a limited number of spots, so please do your best to only register if you feel you are able to come. In addition, arriving on time is greatly appreciated.

    Please note this is similar material to the Dec. 14 in-person workshop.

Grieving Through the Holidays (in person): workshop and candle-lighting activity

Wednesday, December 14

Are you wondering how to get through the holiday season after the loss of an important person in your life? Facilitated by a bereavement counsellor and bereavement volunteer, this free workshop offers ways to cope with, honour, and navigate grief through the holidays. Along with other people who are grieving someone important in their life, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, share ideas, and learn about how to care for themselves as they grieve through this holiday season.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be invited to join together in a candle-lighting activity, meant to offer time to honour and reflect on their grief and their person. This grief activity will include music, poetry, candle-lighting, and heartfelt reflection.

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    When: Wednesday, December 14, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

    Where: In-person at the Victoria Hospice Community Support Centre located at 102-4450 Chatterton Way. As this is an Island Facility, you will be asked questions about any symptoms of Covid-19 at the door and are asked to wear masks during the workshop.

    Cost: There is no charge for this workshop, but donations are gratefully accepted. Please call 250-519-3040, email Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca, or drop by 102-4450 Chatterton Way during typical office hours in order to donate.

    Registration: To participate, registration is required and is open to a limited number of participants. Please register for this workshop on Eventbrite.

    When registering you are confirming your spot in a workshop with a limited number of spots, so please do your best to only register if you feel you are able to come.

    Please note this is similar material to the Dec. 2 online workshop.

Winter Journal Group (online)

Fridays, January 13 – February 24

When grief and loss leave you empty-handed, picking up a pen can help. The next journal group starts January 13, 2023.

Did you know the writing process, specifically journaling, can be a very effective tool for working through grief? This Winter Journal Group, facilitated by a Victoria Hospice Bereavement Counsellor, is a seven-week support group focused on bereavement following the death of someone important to you.

If you are grieving and would like to learn more about journal writing, you may be interested in this group. We provide a safe space for participants to access and explore their experience with grief.  No writing experience is required to participate – just an interest in writing.

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    When: Fridays from 10 am – 12 pm, January 13 – February 24

    Where: This group runs online on Zoom platform (you must have access to a device that can have a Zoom account and has a microphone and camera).

    Cost: $70 for seven sessions. No one will be turned away for lack of funds; bursaries are available.

    Registration: Contact Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca or 250-519-3040 to register. Please register no later than January 5 at noon to reserve your spot. A commitment to attend all the sessions will enhance the value gained from the group.

Bursaries are available for programs where cost-recovery fees are indicated; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Donations are welcome to support Bereavement Services programs. For more information call 250-519-3040 or email Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services.

Contact

Contact by calling 250-519-3040 or by email at Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca

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

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