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Welcome to the BC Bereavement Helpline

The BC Bereavement Helpline (BCBH) is here for you. 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.


 
February 13th, 2018 Homicide Grief Support Group: Vancouver

The BC Bereavement Helpline will be hosting an 8-week support group for individuals bereaved by homicide.

Being with others who have experienced a similar loss has proven to break isolation and create long-term networks of support. Support groups provide a safe, non-judgemental, compassionate environment for family and friends to share their stories and learn essential grief and mourning survival tools to integrate into their daily lives.

Poster: Homicide Grief Support Group – Spring 2018

When: Every Tuesday, April 3 – May 22, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: Vancouver location (address provided upon registration)

Cost: $120

For more information or to register, please contact us at 604-738-9950 or via email at contact@bcbh.ca.


February 7th, 2018 10 Week Traumatic Loss Support Group: Suicide & Overdose

Langley Hospice Society is hosting a 10 Week Traumatic Loss Support Group for parents who have lost children by suicide or overdose.

Date: Thursdays, March 15 – May 17th

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Location: Supportive Program Centre
20660 – 48th Avenue, Langley, BC

If you would like more info, please contact Linda by phone at 604-530-1115 or by email: adultgriefsupport@langleyhospice.com

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January 24th, 2018 Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training: Vancouver – Feb. 23-24, 2018

*Update: All spots are currently full. Additional applicants will be placed on a waitlist. Cancellations do occur and BCBH will notify registrants on the waitlist based on date of receipt of registration form.

The BC Bereavement Helpline is hosting a two-day training session for individuals and professionals who wish to be trained to run an eight week traumatic death (including homicide and suicide) grief support group. This training will build upon the individual’s pre-existing skill-set and introduce topics specific to traumatic loss.

We are currently taking waitlist registrations. In order to be placed on the waitlist please send us your registration form through email. Payment is required only when placed into the course.

Fee is $300. Payment can be made via cheque (made out to the BC Bereavement Helpline), E-transfer (contact@bcbh.ca) or by credit card via phone or PayPal.

Space is limited! Registration is required. Please fill out the registration form and email to contact@bcbh.ca.

For  more information, please contact us at 604-738-9950, or email contact@bcbh.ca.


November 25th, 2017 2017 Sisters in Strength Wellness Retreat

The BCBH/BCVOH 2017 Sisters in Strength Retreat was held over the weekend of Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Stsailes Lhawathet Lalem retreat centre in Agassiz, B.C. for Indigenous women who are family members to one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

(Photo credit Mikhail Crispin)

Fifteen First Nations women participants and ten supporters and facilitators joined together for one weekend of healing and strength building.

Testimonials from participants included:

“Being in a grassroots setting with ladies who also understand grief and loss, it brings forth the healing along with strength.”

“[The retreat] Helped me gain my balance once again.”

“[I feel] More connected with my heritage.”

BCBH would like to extend its profound gratitude to our partners for their invaluable support. We could not have done it without you.

Please see our full report here: BCBH 2017 Sisters in Strength Wellness Retreat Summary – Final V2

BCBH acknowledges the receipt of civil forfeiture funding from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch.

June 2nd, 2017 PODCAST SERIES “VOICES OF RESILIENCE”

On Monday, May 29th BC Bereavement Helpline, the parent organization of BC Victims of Homicide, launched the original 5-part podcast series, “Voices of Resilience,” in support of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, May 28 – June 3, 2017.

Each day that week, a new story of resilience in the face of traumatic crime was posted on this page. All podcasts are available on our videos page.


May 19th, 2017 2016-2017 BCBH Annual Report

Please click here: BCBH AR-2016-17 Final



We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia and the Department of Justice Canada Victims Fund.