Bereavement Services

Grief hurts… We are here when you need us.

Please read our COVID Protocols before attending an in-person session:

All support services are provided free of charge, and are offered at our office at 4535 Kingsway, Burnaby. To learn more, or to make a request for support, please contact us at or 604-520-5087.

Grief is a natural response to the death of a significant person in your life. At Burnaby Hospice Society, we provide a supportive and safe place where you can feel seen, heard, known, felt and cared for in the midst of grief. 

You do not have to do it alone.

Grieving Alone & Together

Responding to the loss of your loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic

The guide addresses the challenges of grieving a loved one’s death during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the nature of grief; traumatic loss and its triggers; ambiguous losses; and the risk of disenfranchised grief. It also addresses the importance of talking to children about death and memorialization and the difficulties of being separated from a loved one at the time of their death. The guide offers guidance on how families can meaningfully celebrate the life of their loved one and discusses the importance of maintaining your health while grieving.

Grief Counselling

Short term individual counselling is provided to adults and young adults within 2 years of loss, or an impending loss (i.e. caring for a family member who is dying). Services are client-centered and specific to grief counselling. We also recommend specific referrals if further support is required.

Grief can at times feel unbearable, isolating and scary. In such moments, we as humans have longings to feel seen, heard, known, understood and cared for. Our Counsellor  strives to provide compassionate care, empathy, and a non-judgmental safe space where you can share your unique story and learn about common responses in grief. Most importantly, you will receive support in processing, integrating and honouring your grief.

Grief Hurts

You do not have to be alone.

When someone dies it quite often feels overwhelming and may impact many aspects of your life. To offer support, Burnaby Hospice Bereavement Volunteers are available to help you find a way to talk about your loss with someone who will simply listen and acknowledge your grief.

All support services are provided via zoom, phone, or potentially in person depending on the volunteer.

Support is based on mutually agreed upon times. Volunteers have taken advanced training in communication skills as well as on grief and bereavement in addition to their 35 hour palliative training. 

for more information or to register please contact us at: or call us at 604-520-5087

Lending Library

We have a collection of books, e-books, and audio books about grief and loss which are available for loan. Our collection includes spousal, sibling, parent, and child loss. These resources are available to the community at no cost. We would like to recognize the generous initial grant from the Sovereign Order of St. John to enable us to set up our digital library service. To register for a library card please fill out the following form:

Support Groups

Grief support groups are offered regularly throughout the year.  These groups provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for young adults or adults to meet and discuss the wide range of emotions experienced following the death of a significant person in their life. Individuals will be invited to share their personal experiences with grief and loss and provide support for one another.

Young Adult


Are you between the ages of 18-35 and grieving the death of a significant person in your life?

Meet with others who are experiencing grief and discuss the wide range of emotions and responses following a death in an environment that is safe, non-judgmental and free from unsolicited advice and platitudes.

The next group will be starting on September 26, 2023.  Registration required


Partner Loss


Are you grieving the death of a partner?

Meet with others who are grieving the death of their partner.  You will be invited to share your feelings and personal experiences with grief and loss, and provide support for one another in a safe and non-judgmental environment free from unsolicited advice and platitudes. In doing so, you will have the opportunity to discuss the variety of emotions and experiences following a death with other bereaved partners.

Each week the group will discuss grief-related topics. Gain knowledge and practical tools to integrate and honour your grief, live with the loss and cope with the challenges you may be facing.

NEXT GROUP STARTS FEB. 23. 2022.  This group will be virtual.


Walking Group


Burnaby Hospice Society bereavement volunteers lead weekly walks on scenic park trails in the City of Burnaby for people who are experiencing grief due to the death of someone they care about. These walks provide informal grief support, comfort and companionship to make your grief journey bearable. An optional coffee/social time follows each walk. Our walking groups provide an opportunity to walk and talk, while meeting new people who share a common experience that can provide mutual support and acceptance. This program combines informal support with fresh air and exercise. For more details, please use the contact form below or contact the Office @ 604-520-5087



Upcoming & In Progress

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Registration is required to participate in any of our support groups.

september, 2023

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*Registration will be opened until a minimum number is reached. Closed group after initial registration.