Residents of Burnaby who are experiencing grief may use our bereavement support services—your loved one did not have to be registered within the Burnaby Palliative Care Program. Call 604-520-5024 for information.
Our registered clinical counsellor provides short term individual counselling to anyone within 2 years of loss. Services are designed to meet the individual’s specific needs. We also make referrals to specialized professionals, if further support is needed.
Grief Support Groups
BEREAVEMENT JOURNEY 101
In a six week group, you will learn what normal grief looks like. At the end of the group you will not only have an understanding of your bereavement, but also knowledge and skills in working with the challenges inherent in grieving (e.g. overwhelming emotions).
FITNESS FOR THE SOUL: Workshop and Healing Relaxation
This twice monthly (first and third Thursday of the month)group is for Burnaby caregivers, individuals with life limiting illness, the bereaved and BHS volunteers. The Counsellor will lead participants through a relaxation exercise, as well as guided visualization.
This once a month (first Monday of the month) informal support circle is for adults who are looking for a less formal grief support group with people like themselves who must continue to make the many difficult adjustments to life following the loss a loved one.
SURVIVING THE LOSS OF A LOVE
This once monthly (first Friday of the month) informal support circle is for adults who are looking for a less formal grief support group following the loss a spouse or life partner.
Burnaby Hospice Society volunteers lead weekly walks on scenic park trails in the City of Burnaby for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one. These walks provide informal grief support, comfort and companionship to make your grief journey bearable. An optional coffee/social time follows each walk.
In the safety of a group, participants meet to explore and express thoughts and feelings of their grieving process. By listening, sharing, recognizing, learning, and guiding one another, people benefit personally and socially as they bear witness to each other’s struggles and stories of loss and healing.
Grief support groups are offered regularly throughout the year, such as surviving the loss of a love: Spousal support group and Healing Connections: Monthly grief support groups.
For those who are newly bereaved and not yet eligible for upcoming groups, call the counsellor to arrange one-on-one grief counselling or support.
*Initial registration is required for all groups.
Volunteer Support Meetings
Trained volunteers offer one-on-one support by phone or in person for those who have received clinical counselling and are waiting for placement in a group, or who prefer individual support.
Burnaby Hospice Society is proud to partner with this independent group by providing a regular meeting space. The Compassionate Friends is an international, non-profit, non-denominational, self-help organization, offering friendship, understanding, grief education and hope for the future to all families who have experienced the death of a child at any age, from any cause. www.tcfcanada.net
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.
Healing Journeys – volunteers lead a large (>8) group accommodating for slow, medium and regular pace walkers, as well as various distances.
Mindful Journeys – volunteers lead small group for physically fit grievers who wish to learn and practice mindfulness.