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


    Online Bereavement Support Group

    Thursday, June 2nd – July 21st (no session on July 7th)

    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.

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      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: 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). 

    Exploring Grief through Creativity Workshop: Celebrate a Life Theme

    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    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: Thursday, May 19, 2022, 1 – 4 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 $30 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.

      Additional workshop offerings are available:

      • Monday, June 6, 1 – 4 pm (Theme: Self Care)
      • Saturday, June 25, 9 am – 12 pm (Theme: Celebrate a Life)

    Spring Journal Group

    May 13 – June 24 – Fridays from 10am – 12pm

    Did you know that the writing process, specifically journaling, can be a very effective tool for working through grief? This Spring Journal Group is a 7-week support group focused on bereavement following the death of a loved one, facilitated by a Victoria Hospice Bereavement Counsellor.

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

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      When: Fridays, May 13 to June 24 inclusive, from 10am – 12pm (the first week will run until 12:15pm)

      Where: On Zoom

      Cost: $140 for 7 sessions. No one will be turned away for lack of funds; bursaries are available.

      Registration: There is a limited number of participants. Please register no later than May 6 at noon to reserve your spot. A commitment to attend all the sessions will enhance the value gained from the group. Register by emailing Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca or calling 250-519-3040.

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

    May 25 to July 6 – Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:30

    As one response to the opioid and fentanyl crisis in our communities, Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services is offering a 7-week support group for adults who are grieving someone who has died by a toxic drug/substance-related death.  Facilitated by a bereavement counsellor, the group incorporates grief education, sharing and support, therapeutic activities, and 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 a drug-related death, and support the healing process of grief. 

      When: May 25 to July 6, 2022, Wednesdays 4:30 to 6:30 pm

      Location: We will meet in a quiet outdoor area close to the Victoria Hospice Community Support Centre, weather permitting. If weather is poor on any group date, 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. A commitment to attend all sessions enhances the value of the group experience.

      Fee: Registration fee is $120. 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

    Suicide Loss Support Group: Bereavement Support Following a Suicide Death

    Oct. 16 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. 16 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 $120. 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


    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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