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.
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.
GriefShare is a faith based small group study, meeting over a 13 week period designed for individuals 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.
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 Emmanuel Church, Kelowna Christian Centre, Trinity Church and Willow Park 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.
Location: Springfield Funeral Home
2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna
Dates: Tuesdays September 20 to December 13, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Kelowna Christian Centre
905 Badke Road, Kelowna
Dates: Tuesdays Sept 20 to December 13, 2022
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Location: Willow Park Church
439 Highway 33, Kelowna
Dates: Wednesday Sept 14 to December 6, 2022
Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Other locations, times and dates to be announced.
Loss Of A Spouse
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.
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 this course joining a network of thousands of grief recovery support groups meeting around the world. Please contact Joanne Bonk at 250 860 7077 for more information.
Friday, September 16, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Springfield Funeral Home
Understanding Your Grief
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.
Springfield Funeral Home recognizes the value of sponsoring Understanding Your Grief to be hosted by Mission Creek Alliance Church, Kelowna and Powers Creek Community Church in West Kelowna.
Mission Creek Alliance Church
Winter Session 2023
Powers Creek Community Church
Fall 2022 - Date yet to be determined
Grieving with Great HOPE
Grieving with Great HOPE is a bereavement resource for Catholic parishes and people who are mourning the loss of a loved one. Grieving with Great HOPE combines workshops, self study and personal journaling.
This 7 week support group is designed to help transform your grief journey through prayerful reflection, practical learning and personal fellowship.
2022 Fall Sessions (5 weeks)
Thursday, September 29 - Thursday, October 27
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Immaculate Conception Church
Lake Country Health
Grief Support Group
Bi-weekly Ongoing - 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. No Charge
Location: Winfield United Church, 3751 Woodsdale Rd, Lake Country
Call: 778-215-5247 for more information
This group is open to anyone who has or is suffering from loss. Losing a loved one, going through a divorce/separation, recently diagnosed with an illness ... we have different situations that causes us to grieve. Join us and others as we support and work through this experience.
Moms Stop The Harm
Moms Stop The Harm (MSTH) is a network of Canadian families whose loved ones have died from drug related harm, or who are struggling with substance use. Moms Stop the Harm wants to educate the public through their stories and advocacy hoping to reduce the misconceptions related to substance use and ensure that individuals get the support and treatment they rightfully deserve.
HEALING HEARTS is a free peer facilitated bereavement support group for individuals, families and friends who have lost loved ones to help them cope with the journey from grief to healing. Healing Hearts can help support individuals in feeling less isolated as you meet other individuals who have experienced a similar loss. For inquires and registration please email: KelownaHealingHearts@gmail.com
BC Bereavement Helpline
BCBH is a non-profit, free, and confidential service that connects the public to grief support services within the province of BC. Whether you are looking for bereavement support groups, community events, information on BC Bereavement Day, information on how to donate or to volunteer with us you will find it here. Please call the BC Bereavement Helpline and speak with one of our caring volunteers for information on our bereavement support groups, agencies, and peer-based support.
Your call is free, confidential, and anonymous. We will help you find the most appropriate support for your specific type of loss.
Call the Helpline at 604-738-9950, Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Toll free 1-877-779-2223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Clair Jantzen helps the bereaved understand grief as an important part of finding themselves again. People who have experienced the loss of a loved one, look to reclaim their lives again. Clair shows clients how they can use their pain and tears as a catalyst into a healthy, hope-filled future.
As a Grief & Loss Counselor, Educator and Author, Clair offers over 30 years’ experience, counselling those who have suffered loss. www.clairjantzen.ca
Here are links to two of his videos:
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 email@example.com to let her know you will be attending.
Soaring Spirits provides widowed people with the chance to meet socially by creating a local community of widowed friends. Groups are lead by volunteer facilitators who plan outings twice a month. The aim is to assist widowed people in getting back out into the world with a group of understanding friends by their side.
Michelle - Call or text: 431-301-3901
At the website below, enter "Kelowna" into the "Find regional events near you" field.
ESTATE Ready Okanagan
At ESTATE READY we understand the difficulty of organizing and distributing a lifetime of belongings during a time of grief.
Let us shoulder the tasks of immediate needs, preparing an inventory, organization of belongings, maintenance, cleaning and act as contact for Real Estate, Home Staging and Contractors.
Practical and efficient help - when you need it.
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 June is a spectacular butterfly release to honor those we have lost and other special people in our lives hosted by Central Okanagan Hospice Association of reflection for those experiencing loss.