Information & Resources

Grief Resources

These brochures may be helpful to you if you are experiencing grief:

BC Bereavement Helpline: Free, confidential service for anyone in BC dealing with loss. The service is self-referral. Help line run by volunteers who connect to callers to the most appropriate grief support services within the province of BC. Phone: 1-877-779-2223 or 604-738-9950. They offer extensive training and education as well as brochures and resources including in simplified Chinese and Punjabi.

Kids Grief is a free online resource that helps parents support their children when someone in their life is dying or has died.

Healing Hearts Bereavement Support – Support for substance use-related loss

Grief and MAID – Self-paced grief modules on MAID offered through My Grief by the Canadian Virtual Hospice.

Silent Grief – A booklet for parents experiencing early pregnancy loss

Sunnybrook Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network – Support groups and other tools to help cope with your loss.

Other supports for pregnancy and infant loss – Organizations helping families navigate their grief

Powell River Compassionate Friends – Support for loss of a child

Hospice and Palliative Care

These organizations offer hospice and palliative care resources:

BC Hospice Palliative Care Association

Vancouver Coastal Health Hospice Palliative Care

Canadian Virtual Hospice Information and support on palliative care and end-of-life-care, loss and grief. virtualhospice.ca

Local Resources

  • BC Ambulance Service: for emergencies 1-800-461-9911, non-emergency 604-872-5151
  • Angel Flight of British Columbia – for ambulatory cancer patients including children traveling to cancer clinics or hospitals. Online application or by phone 1-778-677-8920
  • Powell River Breast Cancer Support Group Reach To Recovery: Hospital and home visits to recently diagnosed breast cancer patients, one-on-one counselling, information. Lorraine Matheson 1-604-485-6114, Lesley Graham 1-604-483-9120
  • Powell River Compassionate Friends: Self-help bereavement group for parents who have lost a child
  • FETCH: For Everything That’s Community Health in qathet and Powell River
  • HandyDart: Accessible, door-to-door shared transit service for people with permanent or temporary disabilities that prevent them from using fixed-route transit without assistance from another person. prior free registration is required 1-604-483-2008, handydart@powellriver.ca
  • Kiwanis Life Line: Provides fast access to highly trained, caring Response Associates at the push of a button, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Phone: 1-604-485-0499
  • Home and Community Care: Home support services for people with on-going health conditions to remain in their homes and to be as independent and safe as possible. Phone: 1-604-485-3310
  • Tla’amin Community Health Services:  Full range of primary, secondary, and tertiary health services for community members living within the Tla’amin Nation and to First Nations people in the remote coastal communities in the Powell River area. Phone: 1-604-483-3009
  • qathet General Hospital, Provides services including surgery, endoscopy, ICU, obstetrics, in-patient psychiatry, oncology, emergency and diagnostics. Main switch board 1-604-485-3211
  • Red Cross Powell River Short Term Loan Program: Medical equipment provision program assisting people with mobility challenges, to return home from hospital earlier, as well as supporting those in palliative care who wish to spend their final days in the comfort of their own home. Referral required. Wed and Fri 9am to 12 pm by appointment. Phone: 1-604-485-3211 ext. 4361
  • Stubberfield Funeral Home Phone: 1-604-485-4112
  • Texada Island Health Centre Phone: 1-604 486 7525
  • Wheels for Wellness Society: Volunteer transportation from Comox ferry to non-emergency medical appointments on Vancouver Island, 48-hour notice required. Mo – Fr from 9 am to 4 pm. Phone: 1-250-338-0196,

Cancer Resources

  • BC Cancer Agency: Pain and Symptom Management Clinic This program helps improve the quality of life for individuals living with cancer and for their caregivers. Its program is available to Powell River residents by referral from physician. This support is based in Vancouver. The first appointment is in person at a BC Cancer Agency centre. After that, there may be some telephone follow-up. They encourage patients to be connected with their GP to assist with maintaining their treatment plan. On rare occasions, they work via a tele health video link. Once a patient is no longer ambulatory and able to come into the clinic, the care is transferred to Home and Community Care or an inpatient department. Phone: 1-800-663-3333, Ext. 672645 bccancer.bc.ca/our-services/services/painsymptom-management
  • Canadian Cancer Society: Available to cancer patients, caregivers or anyone who needs help understanding cancer and finding community services. This Toll-free service is accessible in multiple languages. It includes cancer information service, community services locator and much more. Cancer Information Helpline: 1-888-939-3333, cancer.ca
    • The Canadian Cancer Society offer much information of how to get help and links to many resources. They also provide limited, short-term financial assistance to cover a portion of clients’ cancer-related transportation and accommodation expenses. In addition, through their partnership with the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA), they can assist clients with a portion of the cost of selected prescription medications that manage symptoms related to cancer treatment.
    • Wigs and Prostheses Canadian Cancer Society’s Wig and Breast Prosthesis Services provide a wide range of donated wigs, headwear, permanent prostheses and bras to cancer patients throughout BC and the Yukon who have undergone surgery and cannot afford the cost of a wig or prosthesis.
  • Cancer Chat Canada Professionally-led online support groups for Canadians affected by cancer. cancerchat.desouzainstitute.com
  • CancerConnection is an online community for patients and caregivers to share experiences and find support. They match patients or caregivers with a trained volunteer who has a similar cancer experience. Phone: 1-888-939-3333. Available 24- hours a day. cancerconnection.ca
  • When Your Child Has Cancer Information for parents with a child that is diagnosed with cancer. Phone: 1-888-933-3333 http://www.cancer.ca/en/support-and-services/support-services/when-your-child-has-cancer/?region=bc
  • Camp Goodtimes A summer recreation program that provides a unique summer experience for children and teens affected by cancer and their families. Set in the scenic landscape of Loon Lake in Maple Ridge, Camp Goodtimes provides a safety-focused, fun, recreational program at no cost to participants. Visit campgoodtimes.org for more information and to apply online.

Accommodation

  • The Canadian Cancer Society operates affordable lodges across the province, offering 24-hour support on premises from caring volunteers and staff and a host of amenities. They offer Cancer Travel and Accommodation Services that may help reduce cost.
    • Jean C Barber Lodge Conveniently located across from the BC Cancer Agency and within walking distance to the Vancouver General Hospital, Eye Care Center, and Skin Care Clinic. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the area and it is minutes away from downtown Vancouver. The lodge also has easy access to transit. A pay parking lot is available across the street with hourly, daily, weekly and monthly rates. Address: 575 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4C3 Reservations: Phone: (604) 879-9131/Fax: (604) 675-7131
    • Vancouver Island Lodge Located across from the Royal Jubilee Hospital and within walking distance to the BC Cancer Agency. Set in a residential area of Victoria, there is easy access to public transit, shopping, banking and entertainment. Limited paid parking is available on site; reservations are recommended. Address: 2202 Richmond Road Victoria, BC V8R 4R5 Reservations: Phone: (250) 592-2662 /Fax: (250) 592-7616

Other Resources

  • Quit Smoking A free, confidential service for smokers who are ready to quit smoking. Phone: 1-877-455-2233 quitnow.ca
  • Nurse Line  811

Hospice Lending Library

We have over 200 books and resources available for clients, families, health care providers and community members. The resources include topics related to grief and loss, living and coping with serious illness, and information for caregivers. View the list here.