Bereavement Program

Are you grieving the death of a loved one?

Grief affects everyone in different ways and know you are not alone.

Our bereavement program offers a diversity of support to help anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. All of our programs are offered in a safe and respectful space to share, listen and receive compassionate support from others. Programs includes:

  • Registered Adult Grief Groups are offered as needed virtually and in-person. The groups may be geared to a specific type of death ie. spouse, child, loss from suicide. Pre-registration is required.
  • A Bereavement Walking Group meets at various locations to walk on an even terrain along the waterfront or Mission Creek to name a few locations. A walking group is offered once a week in West Kelowna also. The group meets once a week and often meet for coffee afterwards. Pre-registration is required.
  • One on one support is offered weekly or as needed in person or by telephone with our trained compassionate volunteers.
  • Professional counselling is completed by referral through our Associate Director of Bereavement Services, Jessica Hughes. We provide individual short term counselling, specific to grief and loss, due to the death of loved one. Counselling is provided for children to seniors.

Anyone can make a referral to our Bereavement Program. Please contact Jessica Hughes, Associate Director of Bereavement Services, at 250.763.5511 for more information.

Grief affects all of us in different ways. Some feel sad, alone, misunderstood, isolated, bewildered, angry or guilty.

A life well lived is worth honouring.

On February 21st at 11:00am we offered a Virtual Celebration of Life Ceremony where our community came together virtually to honour the lives of loved ones no longer with us.

This virtual ceremony was free to attend and was experienced from the comfort of individual’s home alone or together with the members of their household.

If you wish to watch our Virtual Celebration of Life Ceremony, please have a candle and a way to light it to participate in the candle lighting ceremony.

“Limitations, obstacles and restraints do exists but if we come together collectively and support one another along the way we can move beyond this into a greater reality.”

– Jessica Hughes, Assoc. Director Bereavement Services

Help Make a Difference

There are many ways to get involved to help the dying, grieving and their loved ones in the Central Okanagan.