Our Homicide Loss Support Groups offer support and resources to those who have lost a loved one to homicide. Our groups, led by professionally trained facilitators provide a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate environment with time for sharing stories and insights, essential grief, and mourning survival tools. The purpose of these groups is to create a community support network to allow homicide survivors to share and support each other through their losses. For more information or to register for a group, contact us.
Homicide Grief Support Group – Spring 2018
The BC Bereavement Helpline will be hosting an 8-week support group for individuals bereaved by homicide.
Being with others who have experienced a similar loss has proven to break isolation and create long-term networks of support. Support groups provide a safe, non-judgemental, compassionate environment for family and friends to share their stories and learn essential grief and mourning survival tools to integrate into their daily lives.
When: Every Tuesday, April 3 – May 22, 2018
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Vancouver location (address provided upon registration)
For more information or to register, please contact us at 604-738-9950 or via email at email@example.com.
Testimonials from Participants: Video
Participants from a homicide support group held at Valley View Funeral Home discuss their experiences with homicide loss, group support, and honouring their loved ones.
Testimonials from Participants
“This organization has lifted the spirits of many – the value of hope and connection from this support group model are at the heart of victims’ needs.”
“The group enabled me to share my pain and hear others going through the same mind-boggling pain. I felt safe.”
“We are not alone in our loss. Our stories were so different, but our pain and tears were the same.”
“I felt very secure in telling my story and sharing more intimate details in a Homicide Support.”
“My grief is normal, I will survive.”
“I learned how to deal with the media…take control to educate myself and to speak up and be heard. It’s great to be able to share with others…”
“The best revenge is happiness.”
“This group defined my grief and what to do to alleviate it.”
“The facilitators are great and very approachable & respectful. I would definitely recommend this group to someone going through this painful loss.”
“It was a great place for me to talk about my loved one and feelings without feeling guilty as everyone here understood what I was going through.”
“I loved coming to this group and wish it was longer or an ongoing group as the death of a loved one by murder is a different trauma than any other.”
“This group gave me back my joy and my sense of belonging.”
“This has been a huge help for me. The facilitation has been so easy going and made it easy to be open.”
“I would absolutely refer this group to others. Grief is huge and a group is bigger.”
“I strongly feel that groups like this should be plentiful and available to everyone who might need them at any time. It has been the most helpful thing to ease grief in my life. Much better than one-on-one counselling.”
“I would recommend this group to others because I learned how others felt and how they handle their pain and I did not feel so alone.”
“I felt it was valuable for all of us to learn each other’s stories and how each person handles their pain. The classes were well put together and I found that I learned more regarding P.T.S.D. and how to handle my stress better.”