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 evolving COVID-19 situation, 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.

Bereavement Groups

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).

*NOTICE* Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, all Bereavement drop-in groups are on hold until further notice. Thank you for your understanding, please call 250-519-3040 if you need further assistance and support.

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

Living with Grief: Adjusting to Life After Loss

A workshop covering the basics of grief and ways to cope

*NOTICE* Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the April 23rd Living with Grief workshop has been postponed. Please call 250-519-3040 if you need further assitance and support.

Next Tentative Date: Thursday, June 25th, 6-8 pm.
(if you registered for the April workshop, we will be in touch with you about registration for this date)

Have you recently lost someone important to you? 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, will help you understand your grief. Join us as we:

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    • 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 

    There will be a demonstration, discussion, and a take-home grief worksheet and information. Learn about the resources available to support you and those you care about with the grief process.

The workshop is free of charge for the public. Questions? Call 250-519-3040


Room to Grieve, Space to Heal

Bereavement Support Group Following Overdose Death

Wednesdays – 4:30-6:30 pm (April 29th – June 17th)

As one response to the opioid and fentanyl crisis in our communities, Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services is offering an 8-week support group for adults who are grieving someone who has died by overdose.  Facilitated by two bereavement counsellors, the group incorporates grief education, sharing and support, therapeutic activities, and creative exploration.

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

Location: Victoria Hospice Community Support Centre (102-4450 Chatterton Way)
Group Size: Limited # of participants to enhance comfort (Commitment to attend all sessions enhances the value of the group experience)
Fee: $140.00 (A limited number of bursaries are available.  Please speak to us if the fee is a barrier to your participation

To register: Call 250-519-3040 or email Victoria Hospice Bereavement

*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.


‘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  Hospice.Bereavement@viha.ca to find out more. The walking group will run once each season.

Upcoming Walking Group Sessions
  • Spring 2020: April 25th – June 13th
  • Summer 2020: July 18th – September 5th
  • Fall 2020: October 17th – December 5th
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    Sessions will be 1.25 hours in length. First session will be 45 minutes longer to set group intentions and guidelines

    We will ask you to self-declare that you are physically capable of walking continuously for 1 hour.

    Limited number of pre-registered participants

    A commitment to attend all sessions (with last session optional) will enhance the value gained from the group

    While we do love them – out of respect for all participants – no dogs please.

    The first 8 sessions will be supported by Hospice staff and volunteers, whereas the 9th session is an optional “solo-walk” in which group participants can choose to continue meeting without staff and volunteers


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

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

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

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