Bereavement Program

Are you grieving the death of a loved one?

With social distancing limiting our physical connection with friends and family we are unable to gather for life’s most meaningful celebrations and rituals.

A life well lived is worth honouring.

Please join us Sunday, February 21st at 11:00am for COHA’S Virtual Celebration of Life Ceremony where we will come together virtually to honour the lives of loved ones no longer with us.

This virtual ceremony is free to attend and can be experienced from the comfort of your own home alone or together with the members of your household.

Please revisit our website on February 21st at 11am to watch the pre-recorded virtual Celebration of Life. This recording will be available on our website for future reflections.

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

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

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 twice a year in the Fall and Spring or often based on needs. 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.
  • A monthly Celebration of Life ceremony is offered to family and friends who have lost a loved one in Hospice House.

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.

Help Make a Difference

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