"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
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.
On Thursday, May 30th 2019, the BC Bereavement Helpline, Valley View Funeral Home and Moving Forward Family Services hosted a dinner and information forum about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime, and about the services, assistance and laws in place to help victims, survivors and their families.
Location: Taj Park, 8580 132nd St, Surrey BC V3W 4N7
This year's presentations were from:
Gary Thandi, MSW RSW - Executive Director of Moving Forward Family Services speaking on Trauma-Informed Care.
Jasmine Bhambra - Jasmine lost her sister to homicide. She will talk about her grieving process, what she tried and what worked.
Dr. Alana Abramson, PhD - Department of Criminology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Director, BC Bereavement Helpline Board speaking on Restorative Justice.
The following Community Organizations participated and set up their information tables:
BC Society of Transition Housing
The BC Ministry Family Information Liaison Unit (FILU)
BC Victims of Homicide
CFSEU Gang Intervention Team
RCMP IHIT (Ingrated Homicide Investigation Team) Family Liaison/Victim Services
Jas Cheema - Grief Companion
MCFD Restorative Justice Program
NEVR (Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships)
Options Community Services - Domestic Violence Intervention Program
SFU Centre for Restorative Justice
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.
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