Grief Support

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association estimates that each death affects the immediate well-being of an average of five other people - disrupting their lives, affecting their income and causing grief and other physchological issues, including depression and anxiety.

Getting the support you need

In addition to supporting those who are living with a terminal illness, AHS supports children, teens and adults who are grieving the death of a loved one.  Services offered by AHS staff and specially trained volunteers include one-to-one companioning, support groups, expressive therapies, and a comprehensive lending library with materials for all ages, to help the dying, the caregiver and the bereaved.

We value diversity

Delivering on the commitment to help people who are dying and to support families means maintaining a culture of acceptance, compassion and respect. AHS honours all faiths, cultures and lifestyles and adheres to a strict code of confidentiality. Life should be lived fully until death and AHS has been supporting the people of Abbotsford in their process of life since 1986.

What influences you?

The responses to loss are rarely orderly or predictable and they are influenced by the following:


  • Age

  • Current health situation

  • Relationship with the person who has died

  • Concurrent losses

  • Life experience

  • Personality

  • Support systems

  • Communication style

  • Cultural background and upbringing

  • Spiritual and religious belief 

Free services for adults, teens, children, and families.