In 2014, Victor’s wife Ana passed away after an excruciating battle with cervical cancer. Left alone to raise his two small children, Victor desperately needed help to navigate his overwhelming grief.
At the suggestion of his counsellor, Victor came to our Circles of Strength support group in North Vancouver. For him, like so many of our community members, it was the first time he had stepped out of the isolation that so commonly plagues those who are grieving.
“I was so surprised to find myself in a room full of people who had also lost a spouse — I was literally in awe that this community existed,” he remembers of that experience. “I started going every week just to have a safe place to release all of this pent up emotion.”