Circles of Strength

Circles of Strength

Bereavement Support Groups

These year-round community-based groups were created by our organization’s founder, Dr. Heather Mohan, in 1998 on the North Shore of Vancouver, BC. We now have groups operating both on the North Shore and in New Westminster, which serve families from a variety of regions including; Burnaby, Delta, New Westminster, Surrey, Squamish, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, North Vancouver and more. Some of our dedicated volunteers have been assisting with these groups since 1998.

The Circles of Strength program provide regular opportunities for bereaved families and individuals to connect, to share their experiences in a supportive environment, and to gain skills that can assist in coping with grief. All groups are facilitated by experienced counselors who are assisted by trained volunteers. Participants have the option to sign up for a single session, or for the year-long series.

In North Vancouver groups are currently offered for children (ages 6 to 12 yrs.) and adults. In New Westminster groups are currently offered for children (ages 6 to 12 yrs.), youth (ages 13 – 21) and adults. Children/Youth have a chance to talk about their losses and to use expressive art therapy modalities (music therapy, art therapy, drama & play therapy) to share their grief. The adult group provides participants a space to talk and to focus on their own grief process as well as the parenting challenges associated with their losses.

The 2017 season of the Circles of Strength program includes meetings in two locations; North Vancouver and New Westminster. The North Vancouver group is offered one Sunday afternoon each month from 2:30 PM – 5 PM. The New Westminster group is offered one Saturday afternoon each month from 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM. To register please complete the form below.

The group meeting dates for this fall are:

NORTH SHORE: Sundays, once a month: 2:30 to 5:00 PM: October 15, November 3, December 3

NEW WESTMINSTER: Saturdays, once a month: 1:30 to 4:00 PM: October 21, November 18, December 16

If you cannot attend our groups in person, but would like to the opportunity to connect with others through our private online social network (there are no dues or fees for membership) then please contact Joshua Dahling to express your interest in becoming a member. His contact information is ADD LINK HERE provided on the “Contact Us” page of this website.