Bereavement Program

All programs are offered free of charge

What does bereavement mean? Bereavement is the state of intense grief and a period of mourning after the loss of a loved one.

Bereavement Visitation

  • In the Home – Qualified bereavement volunteers visit clients as needed. The length of each visit is agreed upon between the client and the visitor. It is an opportunity for clients to talk about their loved one, share stories and pictures and discuss the challenges they are currently facing.
  • Alternate location – For some people it is more comfortable to meet outside the home. This is the same program as above, the only difference is that the visit is in a location more comfortable to the client such as a coffee shop, the park, or the Hospice office; the choice is left to the client.
  • Bereavement Support Group – The Hospice Society hosts a twelve-week support group based on Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s book “Understanding Your Grief”. Through the process of sharing and storytelling led by a qualified facilitator, the group explores the ten essential touchstones for finding hope and healing hearts.

Sessions focus on:
The expected loss of a loved one such as: child, grand-child, spouse, parent, sibling, or friend.
The unexpected traumatic death such as: suicide, accidental, drug overdose, or sudden.

Children/Youth’s Grief and Loss Support Group

Using an international model, this free 12-week program is designed to support young people as they navigate grief and heal from loss, whether from death, divorce/separation, move, or other challenges.

Topics such as understanding feelings, exploring the ‘why my family’ questions, developing positive coping skills, and helping others will be covered.

Each group will be age appropriate and guided by two trained and qualified facilitators.

This support group is based on demand. If you think your child could use support or you’re willing to start a group, please contact 778-526-5143 or

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