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Adult Grief & Loss Support

Grief is a healthy and natural resonse to loss. We offer services that are designed to support you in your grief journey.

Grief is a natural, normal, expected, and healthy response to losing someone or something that is important to us. However, the death of someone close to you will alter your world, 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 influencing factors. It is important to know your grief journey will not follow a set path nor timeline and needs can be diverse.

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Our grief and loss support services include in-person one-to-one companioning, virtual and/or telephone support, a variety of bereavement support groups, education, information, and special workshops & events. 

Grief Support One-to-One Companions

Companioning is about listening with the heart, bearing witness to the struggles of others, and walking alongside. 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 grief support companion sessions, free of charge.

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.

Grief Support Groups

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.

Ongoing Grief Support Groups

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

A Parent's Heart

Spring and Fall sessions

Eight week support group for parents grieving the death of a child. This group includes both sharing and support, as well as grief education.

Pathways

Spring and Fall sessions

Eight week support group for women grieving the death of their life partners. This group includes both sharing and support, as well as grief education.

Understanding Your Grief

Spring and Fall sessions

Ten week support group for adults grieving the death of a loved one. This group includes both sharing and support, as well as grief education while following the book, Understand Your Grief, by Alan D. Wolfelt.

Walking With Grief

Walking in the outdoors provides a different way of expressing, exploring, and sharing in grief. If you are someone who is grieving, finds that walking in nature is therapeutic, and values conversations with others, this group may be for you.

Wednesday mornings

Future Programs

These groups have no set date but we tentatively plan to host them in the future. If any of these are of interest to you, please do not hesitate to call us at 604-852-2456 for more details and to express interest.

Traumatic Loss Support Group

For individuals who have lost a loved one suddenly by an external action such as suicide, homicide, accident, or substance use.

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group

A group for mothers who have lost their baby to connect with others on a similar journey.

Please note: We occasionally hold special interest events and workshops throughout the year. They can include things like yoga, cooking classes, and craft/art workshops. Information on such events will be added here when they are scheduled. 

Email Susanne Fehr 

Palliative Services Manager

604-852-2456 ext. 419