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



Exploring Grief through Creativity Workshop: Celebrate a Life Theme

Tuesday, August 23

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, Aug 23, 2022, 9 am – 12 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.

Online Bereavement Support Group

Thursdays, September 15 – October 27

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 six-week group

Thursdays, September 15 to October 20

Sometimes there are no words for grief. That’s why creative processes such as art making, can be effective in working with grief following the death of an important person. This 6-week Exploring Grief through Creativity Group is for people who want to explore their grief in a supportive, creative setting using various art materials. No art experience is required to participate, just a willingness to try something creative. Facilitated by a Victoria Hospice Bereavement Counsellor with Expressive Arts training.

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

    When: September 15 to October 20, 2022, Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:30 pm (six sessions)

    Cost: There is a group fee of $70 which includes all materials. No one will be turned away for lack of funds; bursaries are available.

    Registration: There are a limited number of participant spaces available for this group. Please register to reserve your spot. A commitment to attend all sessions will enhance the value gained from the group.

    Register by contacting Bereavement Services at Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca or 250-519-3040.

Exploring Grief through Creativity Workshop: Self-Care theme

Tuesday, September 20

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, Sept. 20, 2022, 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.

Living With Grief: Adjusting to Life After Loss (In Person)

Wednesday, September 28

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 one-time, interactive workshop, developed by the grief counsellors at Victoria Hospice, will help you understand your grief. Join us as we:

  • Share and support one another in your grieving experiences
  • Explore the many ways that grief can impact our lives
  • Explain how grieving naturally works to help us live with our losses
  • Identify ways to support healthy adjustment to loss
  • Explore your continued connection to the person who has died 
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    Where: In-person, with COVID-19 protocols in place, at the Victoria Hospice Community Support Centre located at 102-4450 Chatterton Way. You will be required to wear a mask while in the office/workshop. Screening questions will also be asked when you enter the building.

    When: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, 6:30-8:30 pm

    Cost: We are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge.

    Registration: Please register by clicking on this Eventbrite link. There is a limited amount of space, so we encourage you to register only if you feel certain you can attend. 

    Questions? Please contact Bereavement Services at Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca or 250-519-3040.

Walking Through Grief Support Group

Saturdays, October 15 – December 3

This group is now full. Please email Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca or call 250-519-3040 to be added to the waitlist for the next group session.

This 7-week registered walking group open to all adults in the Greater Victoria Community who are bereaved after the death of someone important in their life. While walking at a relaxed pace with the facilitation of a Victoria Hospice Bereavement Counsellor and Bereavement Volunteer, participants may explore their grief through the movement of walking, through being outdoors in nature, and through being with other grievers in this supported group experience.

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    When: October 15 to December 3 on Saturday mornings starting at 10:30am. Walks will be approximately 1.5 hours. The first session may be a little longer than the subsequent sessions.

    Where: Walks will begin at our Community Support Centre, 102-4450 Chatterton Way

    Who: Limited number of registered adult participants who are bereaved following the loss of someone important in their life. A pre-group intake conversation 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.

    Sessions: Each session will open and close with participants gathering in a circle. In between, participants will head out on an approximately hour-long walk.

    Register: Please contact us at Hospice.Bereavement@islandhealth.ca or call 250-519-3040 to be put on the waitlist to register for this support group.

    Cost: There is a group fee of $70, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds; bursaries to cover this cost, in part or in full, are available.

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


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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