Our sincere condolences for the loss you’ve experienced, navigating grief is never easy.
Our community has experienced a significant increase in grief during the past two years. Due to the higher demand, we are no longer able to offer the breadth of bereavement services that we once were able to provide to the community. Although we can’t accept all referrals for grief support and counselling at this time, we would like to offer these community resources as possible alternatives to provide support to you at this time.
On-Line Grief Resources
- Lumara Grief and Bereavement Care Society provides online grief groups https://lumarasociety.org/home/
- My Grief Website https://www.mygrief.ca/ and kidsgrief.ca
- BC Bereavement Helpline https://www.bcbh.ca/
- Prolonged Grief https://prolongedgrief.columbia.edu/for-the-public/complicated-grief-public/overview/
You’ll find verified therapists here:
Community Mental Health
- Community Mental Health 1-250-331-8524 request to speak to an intake worker
- Child and Youth Mental Health 250-334-5820
A Year of Firsts
Nature Walks Program
The CVHS Nature Walks Program is a self-care program designed to connect people who are journeying through loss, illness, or caregiver fatigue, with the healing powers and beauty of nature. Using the link below, you can take part in a self-led nature walk at your own pace, using the themed questions provided for personal reflection, and allow nature to be a therapeutic environment in which wellness can occur. By focusing on the present moment and experiencing the sights and sounds of nature, many find that a sense of wellbeing and calm reduces feelings of sadness, hopelessness, fear, anxiety and loneliness.
Along the guided nature walk will be rest or reflection points that have been chosen as places to pause and reflect related to a specific theme. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring along a journal, a pen, some water, and a cell phone (if you have one).
Puntledge Park – Sensory Walk
Puntledge Park – Transitions Walk
Any location – Trust Theme
Any Location – Cycles of Life Theme
Courtenay Exhibition Grounds – Journey Theme
Courtenay Exhibition Grounds – Aliveness Theme