Print coping with grief and loss pathfinder
Books for children, teens and parents
Patients and the public of B.C. and Yukon can access these online books by calling 1.888.675.8001 x 7000 (toll-free) to get a username and password from the Library.
Activity books for children
This is a list of support programs offered by community organizations and BC Cancer. You can find more support programs offered at each BC Cancer centre and in the community on the BC Cancer website.
Community services, seniors support services and hospices in your community often have bereavement services. Search online for programs in your area.
BC Cancer Patient & Family Counselling
Available to anyone in B.C. who has a cancer diagnosis, as well as those supporting them. Counselling available for individuals, couples, and families, either in-person or over the phone. Services are solution-focused and are limited to addressing challenges related to cancer.
BC Bereavement Helpline
Connects you to grief support services within the province of B.C. and provides resources to help you cope with grief. Call toll-free 1-877-779-2223.
Compassionate Friends of Canada
Offers support in the grief and trauma which follows the death of a child, no matter the age or cause. See website for chapters in B.C.
Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society
Offers fee-based programs to people in the lower mainland.
Lumara Grief & Bereavement Care Society
To provide education, support, and counselling services to individuals, families and groups who are grieving the death of a loved one or coping with a life-threatening illness.
Vancouver Hospice Society
Offer individual and family counselling, a bereavement walking group and bereavement support groups. Includes bereavement counselling services for children whose parents have died. Children and their families have access to up to 6 free bereavement counselling sessions per family member. Call 604-737-7305 for information.
Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services
Offer virtual support, in-person counselling, and bereavement support groups, including drop-in and journal groups. Call 250-519-3040 for details and support.
Wellspring Bereavement Support Group - Family
Virtual support group for bereaved family members via Zoom.
Wellspring Bereavement Support Group - Spousal
Virtual support group for bereaved spouses and partners via Zoom.
Community services locator
The Canadian Cancer Society community services locator is a directory that helps cancer patients, survivors, family and caregivers find the services they need.
The BC Cancer library system consists of a central library at Vancouver Centre (VC), and branches in Abbotsford (AC), Kelowna (SAHCSI), Prince George (CN), Surrey (FVC), and Victoria (VIC). All centres have patient resource collections in our Cancer Information Centres (CIC), and all centres have a professional collection on site. Professional resources for CN are housed in the adjacent UHNBC Library.