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Adult Grief & Loss Support

Grief is a healthy and natural response 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.

 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.

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Coffee Break for Bereavement  Support
- Ongoing

Abbotsford Hospice Society is pleased to be hosting a ‘Coffee Drop-In’
for Bereavement Support
This groups meets every
Thursday at Holmberg House.
9:30am-11:00am

Please connect with Palliative Services Manager Susanne Fehr 
or call (604)-852-2456 for any inquiries.

 

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Coffee Break for Anticipatory Grief Support
- Ongoing

Our Coffee Break for Anticipatory Grief Support is a place for Holmberg residents and their loved ones who are going through anticipatory grief.
This group meets every
Tuesday at Holmberg House 
10:30 - 11:30am

Please connect with Palliative Services Manager Susanne Fehr 
or call (604)- 852-2456 for any inquiries.

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Walking Group
- Ongoing
 

Walking in the outdoors provides a different way of expressing, exploring, and sharing in grief. If you are someone who is grieving, find that walking in nature at a relaxed pace is therapeutic, and value conversations with others to explore your grief, this group may be for you. Grab your water bottle, put your walking shoes on and join other adults of all fitness levels on a pleasant walk. Open to all adults, led by AHS volunteers.

This group meets every
Tuesday at  Mill Lake Park- Bevan Avenue Entrance
9:30 - 10:30 AM

Please connect with Makenna@abbotsfordhospice.org 
or call (604)-852-2456 for any inquiries.

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Understanding Your Grief Journey

We believe no one should journey through their grief alone. We invite you to join our eight week support group for adults who are grieving the death of a loved on. 
This group meets every
Tuesday at Holmberg House
starting September 27th - November 15th 6:30 - 8:30PM 

Please connect with sfehr@abbotsfordhospice.org 
or call 604-852-2456 for an inquiries.

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The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends, in partnership with Abbotsford Hospice Society hosts this grief support group for parents grieving the death of a child.
This group meets the
first Thursday of each month at Holmberg House
7:30pm-9:30pm

Please connect with Makenna@abbotsfordhospice.org 
or call (604)-852-2456 for any inquiries.

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Widows Grief Support Group 

A group that provides support for women who are grieving the death of their spouse or partner.
This group meets Thursdays at Holmberg House 
starting October 6th 6:30 - 8:30 PM 

Registration is required.
Please connect with Palliative Services Manager Susanne Fehr
or call (604)- 852-2456 for any inquiries.

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Infant Loss Grief Support Group

A group that provides support for individuals who have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss.
This group meets
Monday Sept 26th, Oct 3rd, 17th, 24th, Nov 7th, 21st, Dec 5th, 12th. 
7 - 8:30 PM 
Location: Holmberg House


Please connect with Makenna@abbotsfordhospice.org 
or call (604)-852-2456 for any inquiries.

For more information on our programs email Susanne Fehr 

Palliative Services Manager

604-852-2456 ext. 419