We’ve assembled the following below resources for families to access for support in the event of the death of a loved one.
Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm | (604) 738-9950 | Toll free: 1-877-779-2223 | [email protected]
The British Columbia Bereavement Helpline provides free, confidential and anonymous listening and referral services to anyone in BC who is coping with grief and loss.
The Helpline can direct you to over 300 organizations that provide bereavement support in over 80 communities in BC. The Helpline also offers several programs, including homicide and suicide grief support groups.
Many hospice societies offer bereavement support services to people in the community who are coping with grief. Most of these services are available free of charge to all members of the community. Below is a list of hospice societies that offer grief and bereavement support services in communities across BC:
Alberni Valley/Port Alberni | Alberni Valley Hospice Society
(250) 723-4478 | [email protected]
Services include telephone support, individual grief counselling, various bereavement support groups and referrals for holistic health services.
Burnaby | Burnaby Hospice Society
(604) 520-5024 | [email protected]
After an initial phone screening and intake, a counsellor will recommend the support services that are best suited to your needs. Available services include individual bereavement counselling with a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and a variety of grief support groups.
Columbia Valley/Invermere | Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley
(778) 526-5143 | [email protected]
Offers grief support groups and visitations with qualified bereavement volunteers for an opportunity to talk about your loved one and the challenges of the grieving process.
Comox Valley/Courtenay | Comox Valley Hospice Society
Offers grief and bereavement counselling to individuals, families or small groups.
Cranbrook | Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society
(250) 417-2019 | Toll Free: 1-855-417-2019 | [email protected]
Available services include an infant loss program, bereavement support program, drop-in grief chats, phone support, walk and talk program, and a Rainbows program for children who have experienced loss.
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows | Ridge Meadows Hospice Society
(604) 463-7722 | [email protected]
After an initial meeting with the Bereavement Coordinator, you will be referred to the support services that are best suited to your needs. Available services include individual support, adult grief groups, walking groups, relaxation circles, and an after-school program for children dealing with grief.
North Okanagan/Vernon | North Okanagan Hospice Society
(250) 503-1800 | [email protected]
Offers individual or family grief and bereavement counselling, and runs grief support group sessions twice a year, in the spring and fall.
Terrace | Terrace Hospice Society
(250) 635-4811 | [email protected]
Offers adult grief support groups, traumatic loss grief support groups, and an after-school Rainbows program for children who have experienced loss.
Victoria | Victoria Hospice Society
(250) 519-3040 | [email protected]
Available services include phone support, professional counselling for individuals, families or small groups, information and education, and a variety of bereavement support groups, including drop-in and journal groups.
White Rock/South Surrey | Peace Arch Hospice Society
Offers individual or family counselling services, mindfulness and relaxation sessions, walking groups, education programs for teens, and a wide variety of grief support groups for people of all ages.
1-866-823-0141 | [email protected]
Compassionate Friends of Canada is a non-profit organization that offers peer support to families following the death of a child at any age. Local chapters are present throughout BC, and hold monthly meetings, provide phone support, publish newsletters, and coordinate an annual Candle Lighting Memorial Service and various other events.
Find your local chapter here: http://tcfcanada.net/chapters/british-columbia/
(604) 873-5013 | [email protected]
The Living Through Loss Counselling Society of BC offers professional grief counselling and a variety of grief support groups for a fee.
MyGrief.ca offers a series of free, online modules developed by families and grief experts to help people understand and work through their grief.
(604) 696-1060 | [email protected]
The Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society is a non-profit society that provides bereavement support services to people living in the greater Vancouver area. The Society offers grief support groups and grief education workshops for a fee.
The Guinnevere Project offers support to families who are navigating the BC Coroners Service or the criminal justice system following the sudden death or homicide of their loved one. The Project offers consultation, peer navigation and outreach peer navigation services on a sliding scale, depending on income.
(604) 553-4663 | [email protected]
The Camp Kerry Society runs an annual four-day family bereavement retreat program led by qualified counsellors and volunteers. The retreat offers a variety of therapeutic and recreational activities, with programming suitable for family members of all ages, from children to seniors.
In addition to the annual retreat, the Society offers a variety of other family bereavement support services, including individual and family counselling for a fee, community choirs, workshops, and family-oriented bereavement support groups in locations throughout the Lower Mainland.