For further information on

Adult Grief Support,

please contact Myra

at 604-852-2456, ext 416 or myra@abbotsfordhospice.org

Please note that we recommend there be a minimum period of three months prior to joining a grief support group. 

Intakes and registration can be scheduled at any time. If the group schedule does not work for you, please note that one-to-one grief support companioning is available at all times.

Adults

Grief is a healthy, natural, and individual response to loss.

Grief is a healthy and natural response to loss, however, the death of someone close to you will impact your life emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Your grief will be uniquely shaped by your personality, relationship with the deceased, age, personal health and outlook, family and friends, and many other influences.  Please don’t expect your grief journey to follow a set course or be on a timetable.

 

At Abbotsford Hospice Society we offer services that are designed to support you in your grief journey.      

Volunteer Grief Support Companions

A Grief Support Companion is a caring, trained AHS volunteer who will give you uninterrupted time in a safe, non-judgmental environment to talk about your loved one and how their death is affecting you. AHS offers eight weekly grief support companion sessions, free of charge.  Call 604-852-2456 for more information or to book an intake session.

Grief Support Groups for Adults

Grief support groups are offered to give you a place to share your grief story in the company of others who "get it". 

Please note, it is recommended that you wait three months from the death of a loved one before joining a grief support group.

 

Grief Support Groups for adults can include:

Understanding Your Grief  - ten week group for adults grieving the death of a loved one.  

A Parent’s Heart – eight week group for parents grieving the death of a child.

Pregnancy & Infant Loss – eight week group for those grieving due to miscarriage or infant loss up to 12 months of age

Pathways  - eight week group for women grieving the death of their life partners.

Among Friends -  drop-in coffee group for women grieving the death of their life partners.

We also hold special interest events and workshops throughout the year. They can include things like yoga, cooking classes and craft/art workshops.

Go to our EVENTS tab for more information.

 

For more information, please call the AHS office at 604-852-2456.

Facilities Visitation

AHS volunteers provide bereavement support for individuals in hospital or long term care facilities.

Community Crisis Support

AHS staff can assist community groups by providing group or individual support in times of crisis related to a death.

Suggested Reading for Adults
  • Beyond Tears. Ellen Mitchell

  • Final Gifts.  Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley

  • I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye. Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D.

  • Second Firsts. Christina Rasmussen

  • Tear Soup.  Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen

  • Understanding Your Grief.  Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

  • When Your Child Dies. Avril Nagel and Randie Clark, Ma, CCC

  • Widow to Widow. Genevieve Davis Ginsburg, M.S.

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