Date: March 4th Time: 03:00 pm For: Family members of a person who has died an expected death in the past 36 months, at home, in hospital...
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Grief & Bereavement
North Okanagan Hospice Society offers a range of compassionate and professional counselling services for individuals and families facing life-limiting illness, death and bereavement.
The following services are available to residents of the North Okanagan as well as Hospice House clients and families.
Support Before Death – Anticipatory Grief Services
Our Social Worker is available to support individuals and families working through grief from the time following a palliative diagnosis leading up to the death of someone significant in their life.
“The grief counselling that my family has received and is receiving has been invaluable to us to overcome our loss. Without it we would have been truly lost.”
Support Following a Death – Bereavement Services
Our Grief and Bereavement Counsellor is available to assist individuals and families working through grief following the death of someone significant in their life.
For more information on our grief and bereavement services, contact 250-503-1800 ext. 115.
- We offer one-to-one grief and bereavement counselling support at Hospice House or remotely when appropriate.
- Due to COVID-19, there is a screening prior to accessing in-person one-to-one counselling in-house.
- As of January 1, 2022, the suggested fee donation for one-to-one counselling is $50 per session.
- One-to-one grief counselling is available by appointment. Anyone can refer counselling clients to us.
Please note that we serve all ages, who experience loss due to death and who do not experience complex mental health and/or concurrent issues.
We have a weekly walking group for bereaved individuals that meets at Polson Park in Vernon, every Thursday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM. Everyone is welcome. To learn more, contact [email protected].
This gathering happens every November during the Festival of Crafts Christmas craft show. During this festival, Celebrate-A-Life volunteers provide support to those who find the Christmas season difficult due to the death of a loved one and to re-connect with individuals who have already benefited from our support. It is also an opportunity to provide information to those who might not be aware of our grief and bereavement services. Participants at the Christmas Craft Fair are encouraged to hang an angel on the Christmas tree as an expression of remembrance of their loved one.
A special service every December provides an opportunity for the bereaved to find support over the holidays. The service is conducted by our Grief and Bereavement Counsellor and Social Worker. The service includes a memorial service honouring loved ones, and an educational component providing information on how to manage all holidays and anniversaries – not just Christmas. Grief pamphlets are available for participants. This service is available to all members of the community.