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.
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 Support Groups
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)
- Greater Victoria: Every Tuesday.
- Westshore: The last Thursday of each month.
Fall Journal Group
Writing can be a helpful way to both express and explore grief. If you are someone who is grieving, and you have an interest in learning more about journal writing as a way to access your experience, please give us a call at Bereavement Services (250-519-3040) or email Hospice.Bereavement@viha.ca to find out more.
- 7 sessions (beginning Oct 10th, ending Nov 21st)
- Fee: $140
- Limited number of participants
- A commitment to attend all the sessions will enhance the value gained from the group
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.