"Walk with Me" Grief Support Group

When: Thursdays

Where: Polson Park, 2600 British Columbia 6, Vernon BC

Time: 10:00 a.m - 11:30 a.m.

Let's walk and talk about our grief and honour our loved ones by sharing stories in a supportive group with peers who understand.

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Exploring grief following MAiD: Bereavement experiences of friends and family


Tues, 15 November 2022 11:00 AM PST

Medically assisted dying has been legal in Canada since 2016. A growing body of research now helps us better understand bereavement experiences of family/friends following the death of a loved one by MAiD. This presentation focuses on findings of an interpretive study: that the time before the assisted death seems most impactful—an experience of “bringing death to life” that shapes bereavement after death. We will also discuss how grieving is further informed by: (1) certainty of date/time of death, (2) active family engagement as planners supports sense-making, and (3) enacting MAiD as ceremony slows time to “digest” loss.

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Palliative Care Essentials for Health Care Assistants


Thu, 17 November 2022 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM PST

North Okanagan Hospice Society is now offering a one-day (7 hour) Palliative Education for Health Care Assistants course.

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Keynote Speaker Chris Lemons 'Last Breath'


When: November 29, 2022

Where: The Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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The Emily Dahl Foundation and North Okanagan Hospice Society are bringing the renowned world speaker to the North Okanagan for his only Canadian stop.

A North Sea diver, Lemons cheated death in September 2012, when a freak failure of the dynamic positioning system of the vessel he was working under, resulted in the umbilical which provides him with breathing gas, light and heat was severed.

But the miracle of his colleagues' superhuman efforts to save him, and his body lasting 35 minutes on a five-minute emergency air tank, saw him not only living to resume his diving job and marry his fiancée, but to suffer no ill effects from a lack of oxygen.

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Understanding Ambiguous Loss


Tue, 13 December 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PST

Dr. Pauline Boss, who coined the term ambiguous loss, will discuss its two types, research updates, and whether there is some ambiguity even in the finality of death. She explains why traditional grief therapy does not work with ambiguous losses and offers ways of thinking both/and, which helps people manage the stress of “not knowing.” Instead of closure and acceptance, the therapeutic goal with ambiguous loss is to build enough resilience to live with the stress of this unique and ubiquitous kind of loss. Six guidelines are offered to assist therapists and counselors in this work.

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Prolonged Grief Disorder


Tue, 10 January 2023, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PST

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