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Weekly Outlines – Week One

Purpose of the Group for Participants

  • To understand their grief process
  • To respond to their traumatic loss in more active/empowered ways
  • To foster resilience
  • To tell their stories in healing ways
  • To improve overall health and daily functioning
  • To learn from and support each other in the grief process
  • To restore a sense of self


To set the tone for the next six weeks. Be thoughtful, instructional, and respectful, establish boundaries and acknowledge that each participant is the authority on their own experience. There will be an opportunity for each participant to tell their story to help participants connect with one another and to commemorate their loved one(s).

Adapted from the B.C. Victims of Homicide Resource Guide for Facilitators of Homicide Loss Support Group (March 2014) and Canadian Parents Of Murdered Children’s Rebuilding Shattered Lives pilot project (March – April 2016).