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 Hospice.Bereavement@viha.ca 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). 

Winter Journal Group

Jan 14 – Feb 25

Did you know that 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 7-week support group focused on bereavement following the death of a loved one.

  • More details

    If you are someone who is grieving, and you have an interest in learning more about journal writing, you may be interested in our Fall Journal 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.

    Dates: Jan 14 – Feb 25
    Time of sessions: Fridays, 10 am – 12 pm (the first week will run until 12:15 pm)

    Fee: $140 for 7 sessions

    – Limited number of participants
    – Please register no later than Jan 7, 2022 at noon to reserve your spot
    – A commitment to attend all the sessions will enhance the value gained from the group
    – Group held online using Zoom platform (must have access to a device that can have a Zoom account and has a microphone and camera).

    Register by contacting our email at Hospice.Bereavement@viha.ca or by calling our office number at 250-519-3040. If finances are an issue for you, please speak with us. Bursaries may be available.

    Click Here to read the story of how a previous journal group helped one individual through the loss of their partner.

Coping With the Holidays When You Are Grieving

Nov 24 & Dec 16

Are you grieving the death of someone important to you? Are you concerned about getting through the upcoming holiday season? Participate in Victoria Hospice’s free workshop to learn more about grief and some tips to help you to develop strategies for navigating grief during the holidays.

  • More details

    Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, share their experiences, discuss ideas, and take away resources (sent via email after the workshop).

    The same workshop will be offered twice on the following dates:

    Wednesday, November 24th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    Thursday, December 16th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm

    This is an online workshop offered using the Zoom video platform. An invitation to the Zoom meeting and instructions to participate on Zoom will be given with registration.

    NOTE: You must register as space is limited.

    How to register:

    Online: Nov. 24 workshopDec. 16 workshop
    Email: Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca
    Phone: 250-519-3040

    There is no charge for this workshop, but donations will be gratefully accepted.


Future Programs

Dates TBA

These groups have no set date but are groups we tentatively plan to host in the future. If these are of interest to you, please do not hesitate to call us at 250-519-3040 for more details and to express interest.

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

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. 

  • 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)

    ** 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 Hospice.Bereavement@viha.ca 

‘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, this workshop may be for you.


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 Chatterton Way.

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