UPCOMING EVENTS

September 18th- October 23,
11:30 am-12:30 pm at the 55 Activity Centre
Coffee Get Together: Drop-in Grief Group: Open to anyone, this group offers an opportunity to listen and to share grief experiences. Find the time for yourself and be supported as you continue to make the many difficult adjustments to life following  the loss of a loved one. 

November 5th- December 10th
Courage to Grieve: A community based program for those experiencing loss through death, co-facilitated by two individuals.  Registration is required.  The six week structured bereavement sessions are held in a safe, non-judgmental group environment where you can meet others having similar experiences, thoughts and feelings.  

November 30th
Memory Tree: A community event to remember your loved ones

 

 

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Dec 11, 2012

There are no words to express the gratitude we feel towards, the hospice volunteers that were there with us on the journey.  We feel so privileged and fortunate , despite the fact that the journey ended in our mothers death. Thank you Squamish Hospice Society, from the bottom of our hearts.
Lori Gilding & Sherri Gerrard

October 20, 2012

My name is Anne. My beloved mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after my husband, our baby and I moved to Squamish from Revelstoke.  My mother, who had been my pillar, the most important woman in my life, my support as I became a mother,  passed away a mere 49 days later.  Needless to say, I was completely devastated, heart broken, paralyzed by grief and completely void of someone to talk to you about this intense grief I was experiencing.

I called the Squamish Hospice Society and asked about bereavement groups.  I attended my first group shortly after and met others who were grieving the loss of loved ones.  This connection was extremely helpful for me as I did not feel alone in my journey.  When one group came to an end, I asked to join another, then another one, feeling that I could still benefit. In all, I attended 3 groups, back to back.  Facilitators changed from group to group, which was great as each of them brought something new to the group.  I recruited 2 of my friends, who have also lost a parent in the last year, to join the group.  Through the group, we were able to share our sorrows and our grief.

I cannot stress enough the importance of such groups in our community.  It is my hope that more people can benefit from these groups and that the groups can be offered on a continual basis. Maybe the stigma of attending such a group, of “needing help” to get through a difficult time can be overshadowed by the healing that comes from attending.

I also sought one on one counseling from a woman named Judy at the Salmon Arm Hospice Society, which I found very helpful. This was a service I could have benefited from here in Squamish, but an appropriate person was not available.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the group facilitators that made these groups possible and for having helped make my grief more bearable.

Anonymous

 

October 22, 2012

In Fall of 2011, I attended the first half of the 6-week Bereavement Group. I remember walking into the first session. I looked around the room and I could see that everyone there felt like I did. Hollow, devastated, and unable to talk about the death of their loved one without breaking down in tears. Some of the group came back week after week, and for some, it was not yet time for them to be able to deal with their grief.

For me, the 2 hour group became the focus of my week. I looked forward to it as the only real and important thing that I could do with my time, with my life. Most people are uncomfortable talking about death. The bereavement group is the one place in our society where it is always okay to talk about death.

I ended up leaving town and missed the 4th, 5th, and 6th meetings. I was climbing and camping in the California desert, and every Tuesday night I would drive into town, park my car outside the internet cafe, and skype in to the meetings while parallel parked on the street. The group was so important as it allowed me a dedicated time to experience and be with the overwhelming feelings of grief I was experiencing.

But 6 weeks is not a long time for emotional growth to happen. When the next Bereavement Group began in early spring, I knew I had to continue with the grieving process. The next group was smaller, and an even better experience than the first one. Bereavement helped me heal from the recent loss of my boyfriend, as well as from the unresolved grief from when my mother died 16 years ago. Through sharing andlistening to other people's experiences, I learned more and grew in ways I had not known I could.

One year later, I am a stronger, happier, and more compassionate person than I ever was before. Having faced grief and lived with it, I am no longer saddled with an inexplicable weight. I now feel like a person who is whole once again. Or more accurately, I finally feel whole for the first time.

Amy Stein