"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
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.
Our Helpline is still 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
With deep care for all,
From the BC Bereavement Helpline.
BC Bereavement Day
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are unable to gather for our usual annual Bereavement Day event. Instead, we are going to take it online.
We will be pre-recording the Bereavement Day ceremony, burying of the seed packets and memorial release of the doves.
Reserve a Dove in Memory of your Loved One
We will state the name of your loved one and record the dove being released in their honour. The full event video will be posted on our website.
• $20 per dove (1 per family please)
• Look on this LINK for the uploaded video of the full event on Sunday, May 24
• Share this video with family members, friends and loved ones
Dove quantities are limited. Final payment will secure your dove. Deadline is May 12.
Please CLICK HERE for more information and how to reserve a dove.
The BC Bereavement Helpline Annual General Meeting
Date: Sunday, May 24th following the BC Bereavement Day Ceremony.
*Due to COVID-19 we may need to move our AGM to an online conference format. Please see this space 1 month prior to the meeting for more information. Notices will be sent to all BCBH members by April 24, 2020.*
Location: Mountain View Cemetery 5445 Fraser St. (enter off of 39th Ave & Fraser St.)
Time: 2:30 - 4:00pm
The public are invited.
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!
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