"It's nice to be heard... I am glad you are there..."
"My grief is normal, I will survive."
Homicide Support Group Participant
"What a gift to be able to be held in such a loving space. I wouldn't be where I am today without this group."
Suicide Support Group Participant
"Thank you so much for your help, and laughing at my jokes.
Welcome to the BC Bereavement Helpline
We are a non-profit, free, and confidential service that connects the public to grief support services within the province of BC. Whether you are looking for bereavement support groups, community events, information on BC Bereavement Day, information on how to donate or to volunteer with us you will find it here. Please call the BC Bereavement Helpline and speak with one of our caring volunteers for information on our bereavement support groups, agencies, and peer-based support.
Your call is free, confidential, and anonymous. We will help you find the most appropriate support for your specific type of loss.
Call the Helpline at 604-738-9950, Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Toll free 1-877-779-2223
BCBH OFFICES CLOSED DURING EASTER HOLIDAY
The BCBH offices and the Helpline will be closed Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22 in accordance to the BC Easter holiday. We wish our dedicated volunteers and staff of BCBH, our partners and callers a time of reflection and connection during this time off.
Dealing with Grief and Loss, Seeking Help and Support
BC Bereavement Helpline program manager Jessica Lowe spoke with People First Radio about the services offered by BCBH, as well as specific aspects of grief and grieving in cases of death related to substance use. Listen here.
Loss is a difficult experience, particularly during the cheery holiday season
On Sunday December 9th, Global News hosted our Programme Manager to discuss advice for dealing with holiday grief.
The BC Bereavement Helpline is funded by provincial, municipal and private donations. Please consider BCBH in your end-of-year giving plans. Private donations help us to provide affordable traumatic loss grief support groups as well as keep our Helpline running by supporting the purchase of office supplies and equipment. We can provide a tax receipt for any donation $20 and above. Thank you!
The holidays can be a difficult time for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. One idea is to create a ritual to honour your person; create a special place in your home that contains a photo or mementos of your loved one. Or, decorate a box and inside place keepsakes that create pleasant memories. You can also make a tribute to the memory of your loved one on our Tributes Page.
Consider a monthly gift to the BC Bereavement Helpine in memory of a loved one:
Sometimes we don't know what exactly to say to a friend or loved one experiencing a loss.
Here's a guide with comments which grievers find helpful following a loss.
The BCBH specializes in helping those who have experienced traumatic loss (through homicide or suicide) offering facilitated homicide and suicide grief support groups, sudden death trainings for victim services professionals and special events