"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
New research study seeking participants for a survey study looking at bereavement experiences in British Columbia
We are conducting a study looking at bereavement experiences and supports in British Columbia. The findings of the study will inform the development of priority actions and strategies to make effective supports accessible to more British Columbians with bereavement experiences. We have recently completed interviews with the bereaved and now have developed a survey to capture more experiences. Additionally, we have expanded the participation criteria.
We are looking for British Columbians who experienced a death of someone that was important to them since March 1, 2020.
The survey should take approximately 15minutes. It asks about:
The experience of grief following the death or deaths
Whether and how it was affected by the pandemic
What resources and grief supports (formal and informal) were used
What changes would they like to see to grief support services in BC
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-553-4866 ext. 230 should you have any questions or concerns.
Who are we?
The BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC) (www.bc-cpc.ca) is a non-profit organization that works with partners in the health system and community to help British Columbians affected by serious illness have the best possible quality of life. As part of this mission, we provide tools and resources to support community organizations who are helping their community members with grief, bereavement and other related activities.
Study Title: A provincial evidence-informed approach to supporting people experiencing bereavement in British Columbia. Principal Investigator: Dr. Eman Hassan (email@example.com, 604-553-4866). Ethics ID: H21-01672.
Loss and Grief is Universal
Our new BCBH video highlights that even in grief there is a common thread of humanity, with the overarching message that You are Not Alone.
We are here to help. Contact us if you’re dealing with grief or loss by phone at 604-738-9950, toll-Free 1-877-779-2223 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BC Bereavement Helpline relies on government grants, community grants and private donations to deliver its services. Please consider a donation towards additional programming and support for the BCBH.
Make a donation to the BC Bereavement Helpline in the month of June and BCBH will be entered for a chance to win $20,000 through the CanadaHelps June Great Canadian Giving Challenge.
The COVID-19 Pandemic
The BC Bereavement Helpline would like to address the grief that is impacting communities on many fronts as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Many people are feeling deep grief and loss over the death of their loved ones due to cancer, heart disease, substance use and many other causes. Unfortunately, they are also feeling the loss of their ability to grieve those loved ones in the way they would wish. Because of Covid-19, extended family and friends cannot be invited to attend funerals. The bereaved are not even allowed to hug their grieving loved ones.
This crisis has led to many secondary losses such as daily routine, a sense of connection, job security, social gatherings, family gatherings, as well as immediate and long-terms goals. The future has become largely unknown and unknowable. Now, more than ever, we need the support of our community.
At the best of times a death can feel isolating, but even more so during Covid-19. Fortunately, community members are stepping up to support bereaved individuals. For instance, funeral homes are starting to live stream services. An increase in our volunteer numbers is another sign of the community’s desire to help.
The loss of security, predictability, and even life is hitting everyone hard. Let us remember to be gentle, to connect meaningfully with one another, and to care for our hearts however they may be grieving in these very trying times. And remember that if you need us, the BC Bereavement Helpline is here for you.
Throughout the pandemic our Helpline has been open Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm. Our trained volunteers and staff are available to provide compassionate listening or to refer telephone/virtual support options available in your community.
Please call 604-738-9950, toll-free at 1-877-779-2223 or by email to email@example.com.
With deep care for all,
From the BC Bereavement Helpline.
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