—Dame Cicely Saunders
How people die remains in the memory
of those who live on.
When a death occurs it can be hard to process feelings on your own. Although grieving is a normal part of life, it can take time to “get back to normal”. Each person processes their grief experience differently, in the way that feels right for them. Each loss experience will also be different, and have connections to a person’s previous experiences with death.
Comox Valley Hospice Society’s bereavement team is here to provide support and guidance when a death happens. Our team includes trained bereavement volunteers and staff who can direct you to resources and/or recommend services that would be helpful. CVHS programs and services may include emotional support from a matched volunteer, phone support, group support, recommended reading from our lending library, or counselling on a one-to-one basis as appropriate. It’s important to know that most people tap into help and support from many sources during this tender time, including family and friends, the spiritual community, other community services and online resources. When CVHS is unable to provide services, we can recommend other community services that might help.
Please note that we prioritize our services to those whose loss is recent or acute. In times of high demand for services, you may be placed on a wait list until one of our counsellors can be in touch to learn more about your loss and what support would be most helpful.
There is no fee for services, however donations for services are appreciated. You or a loved one can contact our office to arrange an appointment by calling 250-339-5533.
No rule book.
No time frame.
Grief is as individual as a fingerprint.
Do what is right for you.