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Training & Educational Programs

Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training

The BC Bereavement Helpline is dedicated to working towards building capacity for professionals and volunteers to bring grief support groups to their own community. We regularly provide a Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training course. This two-day training session is for individuals and professionals who wish to be trained to run an eight-week traumatic death (including homicide or suicide) grief support group. This training is designed to build upon the individual’s pre-existing skill-set and introduce topics specific to traumatic loss. Our unique eight-week traumatic loss resource manual is given to each training participant and certificates are issued upon completion of the training.  

Our next Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training session is:  


Date: October 26 & 27, 2018

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm each day (including a one-hour lunch break)

Location: 763 East Broadway, Vancouver BC (free street parking is available within 1-3 blocks), or accessible by bus

Cost: EarlyBird rate is $250 - $300 thereafter. Early bird rate expires October 10, 2018. PayPal fees apply if paying via credit card.

This training session will be facilitated by John Dubé, RSW, RCC. Please see his bio here.

Full payment and registration form submitted to contact@bcbh.ca reserves your space in this popular program.

Payment can be made via e-transfer (contact@bcbh.ca), credit card via PayPal (see below, includes an additional fee) or via cheque made out to the BC Bereavement Helpline and sent to our address.  Please fill out a form and email to to reserve your spot in this popular training.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are provided up to 7 calendar days prior to the event. If payment was made via PayPal, BCBH can refund the full training fee ($250 or $300), unfortunately the PayPal transaction fees will be forfeited. Refunded payments will be provided within 2 weeks of the completion of the training session. For any cancellations made within 6 days prior to the session, we will give credit towards an upcoming Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training. 



Date: October 27 & 28th, 2018

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm each day (including a one-hour lunch break)

Location: Nanimo Hospice 1080 St George Crescent, Nanaimo, BC V9S 1X1

Cost: $300

The facilitator for this workshop is Shauna Janz. Shauna is dedicated to companioning others in healing and wholeness through offerings of individual and family grief support, trauma-informed group process, and healing ritual facilitation.

Space is limited. To register, download the REGISTRATION FORM, or for more information, please contact Shannon Farahbakhsh at 250-591-8811 or shannonf@nanaimohospice.com.

Crisis Response Following Sudden Death Training

In 2017, the BC Bereavement Helpline provided training sessions for victim service workers supporting individuals and families who have been bereaved by a sudden death. The training was designed to be interactive and enhanced knowledge, skills and abilities that helped move intuition to conscious action.  

In 2017, trainings were held in: Victoria, Kamloops, Prince George, Terrace, Fort St. John, Nelson, Nanaimo and Mission.

Training objectives included:  

    Increase knowledge of sudden death bereavement and its unique characteristics

    Increase understanding of shock and trauma  

    Increase knowledge and skills to prepare for initial crisis response following a sudden death

    Increase skills in supporting the family after receiving notification

    Increase knowledge and strategies on utilizing a team approach and self-care

BCBH acknowledges the financial support of the Department of Justice Canada Victims Fund for 2017 trainings.

Our next Crisis Response Following Sudden Death Training session is:  

Upon receipt of funding, BCBH may be able to provide a training session in your area. Please call BCBH at 604-738-9950 or email contact@bcbh.ca with any questions.

Anticipatory Grief Facilitator Training

The BC Bereavement Helpline recognizes the invaluable services of palliative care professionals and their support for families and patients in coping with grief and loss. Thanks to a grant provided by the BC Centre for Palliative Care, BCBH has developed the Anticipatory Grief Facilitator Training program. This experiential, two-day session is designed for seasoned palliative care hospice and healthcare volunteers and staff.  

Curriculum includes introducing educational elements of grief, mourning and group facilitation specific to anticipatory grief, psycho-educational components, the key elements of self-care, and experiential group practice.  

Our next Anticipatory Grief Facilitator Training session is:  

Currently there are no training sessions scheduled. Please call BCBH at 604-738-9950, or email contact@bcbh.ca with any questions on potential trainings in your area or how BCBH may offer a custom training for your group or organization.  

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, or email contact@bcbh.ca for more information or if you wish to schedule a training in your work place or organization