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Victoria Hospice Expands Bereavement Services to the WestShore

November 19, 2018 – Tuesday, November 20th marks the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association’s second annual National Bereavement Day. The goal is to raise awareness about grief and bereavement resources, to normalize grief and bereavement as a natural part of life, and to challenge Canadians to ask each other about their grief and share their stories.

Victoria Hospice is a leader in offering compassionate bereavement support through a range of services including volunteer calls and visits, professional counselling, grief support groups, memorial events, and useful resources for grieving families such as Bereavement Tips for Special Holidays. Programs and services are offered in Victoria and now, conveniently to residents of the WestShore, at a new weekly ambulatory palliative clinic located at 940 Goldstream Avenue.

“We are so pleased to bring much-needed Hospice services to the growing WestShore community,” says Victoria Hospice’s Fund Development Director, Tom Arnold. The new clinic at the Esquimalt WestShore Health Unit offers weekly patient consults with a palliative care physician and community counsellor as well as bereavement counselling sessions. Starting Thursday, January 31st, 2019, a monthly bereavement drop-in group from 6:00 to 7:30 pm will begin, and will run on the last Thursday of every month.

Special holidays can be an especially challenging time when grieving a loved one. Memories of past celebrations with those who are no longer here can magnify feelings of loss. Victoria Hospice is pleased to offer these events for people to share their concerns and honour the lives of their loved ones:

Holiday Light Up and Open House on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 4:45pm – the 50-foot Garry oak tree next to Victoria Hospice will be lit, bringing joy and light to the Hospice community for the holiday season.

Sharing of the Lights on Sunday, December 2, from 4:30-5:30pm at the UVic Interfaith Chapel – a unique opportunity to come together to remember and honour those you love.

Celebrate A Life from December 10 – 16,  NEW LOCATION: Tillicum Centre (Winner’s entrance) – hang a personalized tribute card in memory of a loved one on our festive tree. Volunteers will be on hand to help with this holiday tradition of sharing memories and remembering family and friends.


Media Contact: 
Jen Cooper 
Manager, Communications & Marketing 
Victoria Hospice 
Tel: 250-519-1729
Email: [email protected] 

Victoria Hospice is a registered charity that has been around since 1980. Donations fund almost half of our annual operating costs and are critical for the ongoing operation of programs and services for patients and families and for education and research. provided end-of-life care focused on palliative treatment. Donations enable us to:

  • Provide the best care and support for patients nearing end-of-life, whether at home, in the community or at our Inpatient unit.
  • Extend our care to patients’ families and loved ones through our bereavement support and grief counselling programs.
  • Engage in education, training and research to develop evidence-based clinical practices and advance the field of palliative care across Canada and around the world.

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