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, British Columbia, and have since been offered all across Canada. Some of our dedicated volunteers have been assisting with these groups since they first began!
In response to the global pandemic, the Society has postponed all of the physical groups until further notice. We now offer virtual alternatives – called “Connections” – that are available for particpants from all regions across Canada.
This program provides ongoing opportunities for those who are bereaved to connect, to share their experiences in a supportive environment and to learn strategies that can assist them in coping with their grief. All groups are facilitated by experienced therapists who are often assisted by trained volunteers. While the program is family-centred in philosophy, each meeting includes a breakout time with separate talking circles and expressive arts therapy activities for adults, youth and children.
Pre-registration is required and all new applicants must participate in a phone interview with a group facilitator before attending their first session. For further information on specific group meeting dates in your region, or for help with registration, please contact our office by email or phone.
Circles of Strength Online
This innovative social network was developed in 2010 as a means for individuals to stay connected despite the barriers of busy schedules and geographical distances. Members (who must be 13 years or older) receive regular news updates about Lumara’s events and are able to participate in community forums, share photos, resources, stories and more.
The network is closed to the general public in order to protect the privacy of our participants. If you are interested in becoming a member then please email us and request an invitation. Circles of Strength online welcomes bereaved individuals, volunteers, and professionals working in palliative/bereavement care.