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Training & Educational Programs

Traumatic Loss Support Group Facilitator Training

The BC Bereavement Helpline's Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training is a 2-day program that teaches on the basics of facilitating a closed, 8-week support group for traumatic loss; homicide, suicide or a loss due to substance use. Curriculum includes:

  • The BCBH Facilitator Training Manual included curriculum examples, handouts and educational resources
  • Facilitation Guidelines & Best Practices
  • Traumatic Bereavement Information & Education (how trauma affects the grieving process)
  • Creating Group Safety and Cohesion
  • Educational information and Resources
  • Networking and ongoing support from BCBH
  • Clinical supervision if holding a support group

The BCBH support group model is designed around a community-based, grassroots initiative. Groups are lead by trained facilitators with bereavement support experience and education. We strive to ensure that at least one facilitator per group (out of 2) has lived experience. We welcome registered professionals and counselors, however this closed 8-week support group model is not a counseling model. Rather, we work to bring those with common lived experiences together to reduce isolation and promote healing through connection. Being with others who have experienced a similar loss has proven to break isolation and create long-term networks of support. We strive to train for support groups that can provide a safe, non-judgmental, compassionate environment for those coping with a traumatic loss to share their stories and learn essential grief and mourning survival tools in order that they can integrate their loss into their daily lives and be able to live a happy and healthy life.

Upcoming Training Sessions:

Abbotsford: October 25-26, 2019

The BC Bereavement Helpline and Abbotsford Hospice Society are hosting a two-day training session for individuals and professionals who wish to be trained to run an eight week traumatic death (including homicide, suicide, and substance use) grief support group. The training will build upon the individual's pre-existing skill-set and introduce topics specific to facilitation and traumatic loss. All attendees will receive the BCBH Facilitator Manual and a certificate of completion. This session will be facilitated by Jessica Lowe, Program Manager at the BC Bereavement Helpline. Jessica has lived experience with traumatic loss and has facilitated both homicide and suicide grief groups. Space is limited. 

Dates: Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th (both days are required)

Time:  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (including a one hour lunch break)

Location: Abbotsford Hospice Society, 32780 Marshall Road, Abbotsford B.C.

Cost: $250 Early Bird rate (expires September 27th, 2019), $300 after Sept. 27th. 

Payment details: Payment can be made via cheque (made out to the BC Bereavement Helpline), e-transfer (contact@bcbh.ca), or by credit card (PayPal fees apply).

Registration:  Registration is required. Please click and download the Form below and email to contact@bcbh.ca. Full payment reserves your space in this session.

Cancellations up to Oct. 18th will receive a full refund, cancellations made after the 18th result in credit for the next training session. Please call BCBH at 604-738-9950 or e-mail contact@bcbh.ca.


Training Sessions in Your Community

It is in our mandate to help increase community capacity to support those coping with grief and loss. It is possible for BCBH to come to you and provide onsite Traumatic Loss Support Group Facilitator Training (depending on schedules and our bandwidth). Please contact us for more information and an estimate.

Email Sean at contact@bcbh.ca, or call us at 604-738-9950 or toll-free at 1-877-779-2223.


Grief Education Workshop - Vancouver

This workshop, put on by the Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society,  is designed for those who want to develop a better understanding of how to help people who are dealing with loss and grief. It may be of special benefit to professionals who work in healthcare, financial services, insurance, law, HR/EAP and college/university counselling departments, but anyone with an interest in this area/topic is welcome.

Please see the LMGRS website for more information:

Date: Sep 21st, 28th & Oct 5th

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Christ Church Cathedral - Burrard & Georgia, Vancouver, BC

Cost: Early Bird $450 until July 31st and $480 afterwards

Registration: Contact LMGRS at lmgr@lmgr.ca for more information and registration.


Public Grief Education

The BC Bereavement Helpline also offers public education seminars on how to cope with grief and loss for schools, employee groups, governments, non-profits, or other institutions. Please call 604-738-9950, 1-877-779-2223 or email contact@bcbh.ca for more information or if you wish to schedule a training in your work place or organization.

Demystifying The End Of Life Journey

A Six Week On-Line Course Exploring End of Life topics including how to companion the dying, provide support to caregivers, the role of a good team, basic tenants of grief, and an exploration of the mystery of death.

Start Date: Tuesday, October 1st - 2019. 

For More Information: - https://www.inautumnscocoon.com/events/demystifying-the-end-of-life-journey-2