Grief Support Programs and Services for Youth and Young Adults

We are so glad that you are interested in our grief support programs and services. To access our services, a meeting with our Youth and Young Adult (YYA) Bereavement Coordinator is the first step. This meeting invites an opportunity for us to learn about your grief experience, and to explore which programs may be a good fit for you. Our program and services are provided by our Bereavement Coordinators, as well as specially trained and experienced Volunteers.

Grief needs to be witnessed and acknowledged. However, it can be hard to find someone to hold a space for our grief. Often, many grievers will keep emotions and thoughts to themselves, as they don’t want to feel like they are a burden to others. At Crossroads, we know the importance of having a safe space to explore your grief.

Our Youth and Young Adult Bereavement Coordinator provides one-to-one emotional support. These sessions can take place in-person at our main office, virtually over Zoom, or at your high school (if you are in high school, that is!). Wherever you are most comfortable meeting!

The neat thing about our one-to-one support is that it is totally driven by you. Whether you want to meet once, or on an ongoing basis for a period of time, we will meet you where you are at.

It is really powerful to share a space with other grieving peers who “get it.” Whether virtually over Zoom, or in-person, our grief support groups provide opportunities to connect with peers, learn new coping strategies and have fun. Some of our past groups have included creative writing, photography, and yoga!

Inside our monthly e-newsletter, you will find articles on grief and coping, self-care tips, memes to make you laugh and much more. In addition, you will find contributions from fellow grieving peers! If you are interested in receiving our newsletter, send a quick email to youth@crossroadshospice.org to be put on the mailing list!

During the year, Crossroads Hospice Society hosts two remembrance ceremonies. In the summer months, we host Pebbles & Petals, while December marks our Celebrate a Life ceremony. Click here for more information on these free, non-denominational ceremonies. These special events are open to everyone, not just youth and young adults.

Our Garden is the perfect place to meditate and reflect on your grief journey. The garden is open to the public and located inside Pioneer Memorial Park in Port Moody. Each winter, in the center of Labyrinth, our ‘Tree of Hearts’ blossoms with the names of honored loved ones. Click here to learn more about our Garden.

We have a wide range of books about grief and loss available at our library, located at our Crossroads main office. We also have our own digital library for those who prefer to read e-books. Our collection includes books for parent, sibling, child, and spouse loss, as well as specific collections on traumatic losses like suicide and substance-related passing. In addition, we have materials on self-care and spirituality, as well as books for children and teenagers.

Please note: You do not need to meet with our Bereavement Coordinator to access our libraries. To borrow a book (whether from our hard-copy or eBooks collection) email youth@crossroadshospice.org

We have a wide variety of grief support programs and services for adults (anyone over the age of 30). To learn more, click here.