Assistance for the Grief Journey
Grieving families are usually in no position to be thinking about what happens after a funeral. That’s why we at Springfield Funeral Home are here to help.
For most of us, there will never be a day quite like the one following the funeral of a loved one. Energy spent in preparing for the funeral gives way to profound weariness. With fewer distractions, the reality of loss seeps into places we may not have even known existed.
People around us ease back into their routine. But often, our routine isn’t so routine. We have gathered together a number of resources to guide you on your grief journey.
We hope the following resources and upcoming events will be helpful to those in grief.
Disclaimer: Springfield Funeral Home provides the following information and links for your convenience. We are not endorsing nor are we able to guarantee the accuracy of the information listed on these sites. Springfield Funeral Home encourages you to never divulge confidential or contact information online to parties with whom you are not familiar.
Please see our list of grief resources below. Additionally, if we can be of further assistance, please complete the form under our list and representative will be in touch with you within two business days.
COMING UP AT SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME
Grief Symposium For Professionals
Understanding Grief and How to Communicate with those Grieving
October 9th, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dr. Bill Webster, founder and Executive Director of the Centre for the Grief Journey, will be joining Springfield Funeral Home for our first semi-annual Grief Symposium designed for professionals in our Community, such as: Police, Fire Dept, First Responders, Care Givers, Nurses, Doctors, Clergy and Counsellors. Dr. Webster facilitates grief support programs in numerous communities, offers individual and family counseling, conducts many professional seminars and educational programs on the topic of grief, and has authored many books
Grief Seminar for Individuals and Families
Understanding the Grief Process & How To Cope
October 9th, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
During this free seminar designed for individuals and families dealing with the loss of a loved one, international grief expert, Dr. Bill Webster, will present his own story of loss with knowledge and humor to effectively communicate a message titled, Floods of Tears, Rivers of Healing.
Christmas Candlelight Memorial Service
First Sunday in December
Annually, on the first Sunday in December at 2:00 pm, Springfield Funeral Home hosts a Christmas Candlelight Memorial Service. Although invitations will be sent to families that have recently lost loved ones, this service is open to all families in our community desiring to honor the memory of a loved one. This service will have special music, guest speakers, a word of hope from a local clergy, a photo memory journey of loved ones lost and a special candle-lighting service.
Registration is required in order for us to prepare your loved one’s photo and loving remembrance. Both families and individuals are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Tree Of Memories
Starting in 2019, a Memory Tree will be placed in the lobby of Springfield Funeral Home during the month of December. First names will be displayed on a lit tree in memory of loved ones lost. Families and individuals may visit Springfield Funeral Home at any time, during office hours, in the month of December to spend a few moments at the Memory Tree.
Grief Resource Library
Dr. Alan Wolfelt offers a comprehensive library of articles and book excerpts about grief for bereaved families, children, teens and caregivers. Articles are also available for assistance in creating a meaningful Eulogy and service of remembrance.
Springfield Funeral Home recognizes GriefShare as a program with direction and purpose for those on a grief journey offering healing and hope and has sponsored the course at Hope Bible Church and Trinity Church joining a network of thousands of grief recovery support groups meeting around the world. Please contact Joanne Bonk at 250 860 7077 if you are interested in hosting this program at your church in the Central Okanagan sponsored by Springfield Funeral Home.
GriefShare is a faith based small group study, meeting over a 13 week period designed for individuals at least 3 to 6 months after the loss of a loved one. Topics include The Challenges of Grief, Guilt and Anger, Grief and Your Relationships, Heaven and much more. Several local churches host the GriefShare program and start dates are ongoing within the community.
Loss Of A Spouse
Springfield Funeral Home recognizes Loss of a Spouse as a program with direction and purpose for those on a grief journey offering healing and hope and has sponsored the course at Trinity Church joining a network of thousands of grief recovery support groups meeting around the world. Please contact Joanne Bonk at 250 860 7077 if you are interested in hosting this program at your church in the Central Okanagan sponsored by Springfield Funeral Home.
Losing a spouse brings a unique kind of pain. People who are widowed haven’t just lost a loved one—they’ve lost an entire lifestyle. Loss of a Spouse is a two-hour GriefShare seminar specifically designed for spouses who have lost their loved one. This series is video based offering advice from well-known professional counselors, pastors, men and women who have been recently widowed and have found help and encouragement. The video will be followed by a discussion time and each participant will receive a helpful guide containing exercises to read, work through and apply to their personal situation.
Topics include: what should I expect in the days after the loss, the surprising emotional, physical and spiritual effects of grief, why it won’t always hurt and much more.
Understanding Your Grief
Springfield Funeral Home recognizes the value of sponsoring Understanding Your Grief to be hosted by Powers Creek Community Church in West Kelowna.
Understanding Your Grief is a small group book study describing ten touchstones that are essential physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually for you to work through to help yourself grieve. Written by one of North America’s leading grief educators, Dr. Alan Wolfelt, this study is a tool that will help you understand more about the normal and necessary journey we call grief.
Central Okanagan Hospice Association
Central Okanagan Hospice Association has a variety of bereavement programs including small groups, one on one support, walking groups, yoga, meditation and more, offering support to help anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. All programs are offered in a safe and respectful space to share, listen and receive compassionate support from others.
Please contact Jessica Hughes, Associate Director of Bereavement Services, at 250.763.5511 for more information.
Suite 200 – 1890 Cooper Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8B7
Mon – Thurs 8:00am – 4:00pm and Fri 8:00am – 1:00pm
The Compassionate Friends group meets monthly at First United Church, 721 Bernard Ave. and offers support in the grief and trauma which follows the death of a child; no matter the age or cause. They understand that people cannot be hurried through grief and the pain cannot be just taken away. They will help grieving parents understand more about this life altering experience. This meeting is geared for adults and children are not encouraged to attend. Monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 pm and although designed as drop in it is encouraged that new people call Linda at 250.807.2487 or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know you will be attending.
Walk Of Memories
The Walk of Memories is an annual free event in June put on by Interior Health in collaboration with the KGH Foundation. A healing and ceremonial walk of reflection for those experiencing loss. This community event is meant to connect grieving individuals with others experiencing similar feelings. This free, wheelchair accessible event is interactive and family friendly.
The Butterfly Effect scheduled annually in July is a spectacular butterfly release to honor those we have lost and other special people in our lives hosted by Central Okanagan Hospice Associationalk of reflection for those experiencing loss.