Complexities of Grief in our Communities

Please join us virtually for our Spring Lunch & Learn Series.

Dates:  March 14th – 17th, 2022

Time: 12 to 1 pm Pacific Standard Time

Location: Virtual

Who Can Attend?
BC Hospice Palliative Care Association Members can attend for FREE.

Non-members by Donation

Members, please log into your Members portal to register.

Non-members, please register below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the Spring Lunch & Learn Webinar Series.

We are very excited to have our distinguished speakers catalyze conversations on supporting vulnerable populations through traumatic loss and prolonged grief disorder.

 Monday, March 14, 2022


“Grief Due to Overdose

Speaker: Trevor Josephson

MA, RCC  Manager of Clinical Services, Peace Arch Hospice Society will present on Grief Due to Overdose.

Trevor will draw from his work supporting clients experiencing the many complicated aspects of this type of loss: the big ‘why?’ question, the stigma, the anger/regret/guilt, the suddenness of it and the new roles one is forced to take on. He will provide insights drawn directly from a range of such experiences. Considering Trevor supports the White Rock / South Surrey area, many of the people dying from an accidental overdose in this municipality were owners of businesses, parents of children, adult children of parents and hard-working members of our community who had plans for their future.

Trevor is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with an Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy and thirteen years of counselling experience. Specializing in bereavement and end-of-life counselling, his belief in the healing power of an individual’s personal imagination and creative spirit is affirmed daily through the work he does with children, youth and adults at the Peace Arch Hospice Society where he has worked since 2012. As Manager of Clinical Services, he oversees program development and delivery.


Tuesday, March 15, 2022


“Prolonged Grief Disorder

Speaker: Marney Thompson

MA, RCC – Director Psychosocial Services at Victoria Hospice will present on Prolonged Grief Disorder

Marney will be presenting current information on Prolonged Grief Disorder, a stress-related disorder that was introduced to the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5-TR) in September 2021. The presentation will include general information about PGD criteria, prevalence, treatment approaches, and resources.

Marney Thompson is currently the Director of Bereavement Services at Victoria Hospice. Since 1994, she has worked in hospice palliative care, providing information, support, and counselling to patients, families and health care providers. In 2016, Marney co-authored the award-winning, “Transitions in Dying and Bereavement: A Psychosocial Guide for Hospice and Palliative Care, which won 3rd place in the American Journal of Nursing’s book of the year award in the palliative and hospice care category. In recent years, her primary interest has been in the field of grief and bereavement. Marney completed training at Columbia University’s Centre for Complicated Grief and has since focussed her teaching and clinical practice primarily in this area. In 2017, she co-authored an article published in the Journal of Loss and Trauma titled: “Complicated grief in Canada: Exploring the client and professional landscape.”


 Wednesday, March 16, 2022


“Walking With Complicated Grief

Speaker: Eugene Dufour

Psychosocial Spiritual Care Specialist, Huron Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team, will present on Walking With Complicated Grief

“One of the hardest things we must sometimes do is to be present to another person’s pain without trying to fix it, to simply stand respectfully at the edge of that person’s mystery and misery. ” – Parker Palmer

The pandemic has robbed our communities of helpful and healing ways of grieving. As a result, more and more people are suffering from complicated grief. Hospice palliative care caregivers are also experiencing a deep level of complicated grief. This presentation will focus on practical and concrete ways of helping people work through complicated grief. Participants will learn how to create sacred space and use the tools of compassionate listening to get to the core of the person’s complicated grief. The presentation will also give participants healing self-care practices that will allow them to continue to provide this type of intensive work.

Eugene is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator.

Thursday, March 17, 2022


“Living and Dying on the Streets: Palliative Care for Structurally Vulnerable Populations

Speaker: Trevor Morey

MD, CCFP (PC) – Palliative Care Physician – PEACH Inner City Health Associates will present on Living and Dying on the Streets: Palliative Care for Structurally Vulnerable Populations

Trevor will speak about the PEACH (Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless) program and how they help to support people experiencing structural vulnerability in their community with harm reduction, trauma informed care and an anti-racism approach.

Trevor Morey (preferred pronouns are he/him) is a family medicine and community based palliative care physician based in Toronto, Ontario. He works as a physician with the PEACH (Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless) team based out of the Inner City Health Associates, the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care and Casey House Hospital. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Inner City Family Health Team and the communications lead for Health Providers Against Poverty, a community based advocacy organization. He is passionate about providing equitable access to palliative care.

About BC Hospice Palliative Care Association

BC Hospice Palliative Care Association is a not-for-profit, public membership organization, which has been representing individuals and organizations committed to promoting and delivering hospice/palliative care to British Columbians since 1986. We are focused on Advocacy, Education, Membership Support and Public Awareness.

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