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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.


 
December 8th, 2017 Anticipatory Grief Circles of Support Facilitator Training

Through funding provided by the BC Center for Palliative Care, and in consultation with other hospices, BCBH is pleased to offer a two-day, no cost, Anticipatory Grief (Drop-in Group) Facilitation Workshop, Saturday February 17th, 2018 and Saturday February 24th, 2018 from 9am -4pm for seasoned palliative care hospice and healthcare volunteers and staff.

We invite you to attend this experiential workshop that will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to and co-facilitate an Anticipatory Grief Circle of Support Drop-in Group in your community. This workshop is designed to add to your knowledge base on grief and loss, share ideas about self-care, and enhance your facilitation and communication skills as you practice in a safe, peer group setting.

These two Saturdays will provide an opportunity to explore the topic of anticipatory grief and the presence of trauma and traumatic stress that may be experienced in the anticipatory mourning by caregivers and/or family members as they care for someone living with a life limiting illness.

When: Two-day training Saturday, February 17th and Saturday, February 24th. (Content and learning is cumulative, attendance is mandatory at both sessions.)

Where: Ridge Meadows Hospice Society (22320 119 Ave #102, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 2Z3)

Time:     9am – 4pm (bring your own lunch or visit nearby delis within walking distance)

Cost: no charge

Registration: Please note that registration is subject to availability and priority will be given to those experienced and working within the palliative care and long-term healthcare services. Click here to download the form: Feb 2018 Anticipatory Grief Training Registration Final

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

Online Survey: To assist us in creating the most effective training program, please take a few minutes to complete our pre-training survey and share your thoughts: CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

This grant is provided by BC Centre for Palliative Care, a provincial organization that supports non-profit organizations who strive to improve the everyday experiences for people affected by serious illness or who are nearing end of life.  Since Spring 2016, BC Centre for Palliative Care, in partnership with BC Hospice Palliative Care Association, has provided seed grants, totaling $304,858, to support 67 projects delivered by 48 hospice societies and other non-profit organizations across B.C. 

December 5th, 2017 BCBH Needs Volunteers!

With the holidays fast approaching, the BC Bereavement Helpline gets an increase in calls for those who are grieving their loved ones over the holidays. We are in need of more volunteers to help now and into the future to assist those who need help finding resources to help cope with their grief throughout British Columbia. Additionally, if you’ve got skillz with social media, or website content, or promoting BCBH events we’d love to have you! Please CLICK HERE for our volunteer application and email it to 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.


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