The umbrella organization, the BC Bereavement Helpline, has provided support, education, resources, and advocacy for the bereaved, their caregivers, and professionals since its inception in 1986. Read more.
BC Victims of Homicide (BCVOH) is an initiative of the BC Bereavement Helpline (BCBH) and is dedicated to supporting individuals who are living with the loss of a loved one to homicide. Losing a loved one to homicide, whether it is a child, a spouse, a parent, a sibling, a close friend, a co-worker, or an acquaintance is an extremely difficult experience for anyone to endure. This program carefully considers these sensitivities and continues to fulfill existing gaps in services.
February 6th, 2017 | Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training & Crisis Response Following Sudden Death Training
The BC Bereavement Helpline is hosting a two-day training session for individuals and professionals who wish to be trained to run an eight week traumatic death (including homicide and suicide) grief support group (Vancouver) as well as training sessions for victim service workers supporting individuals and families who have been bereaved by a sudden death (all across BC).
For more information, see our training page.
February 6th, 2017 | Homicide Loss Support Group
The BC Victims of Homicide is hosting an 8-week homicide loss support group, starting April 11th. More details are available on our support groups page.
January 10th, 2017 | BCBH in the News
Asya Hadzismajlovic, Executive Director of the BC Bereavement Helpline, discusses grieving the loss of a loved one over the holidays, including coping strategies and ways to pay tribute, with Global News. Watch here.
June 21st, 2016 | Voices in the Courtroom: Videos
For National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2016, the BC Victims of Homicide, along with our partners, hosted a two-part event on Victim Impact Statements. The first part of the event included a series of presentations from the perspectives of a victim/survivor, perpetrator, restorative justice practitioner, and a judge; those presentations are now available for viewing on our video page.
The videos section is a recent addition to the BC Victims of Homicide website, which includes presentations and video series on the topic of homicide bereavement, the criminal justice system, and healing.
June 21st, 2016 | Bereavement Day 2016
For Bereavement Day 2016, the BC Bereavement Helpline, along with Kearney Funeral Services, hosted a two part event in remembrance of loved ones: the planting of memory seed hearts and a dove release. The event was held at Mountain View Cemetery on May 15th. Photos from the event are now available on our Bereavement Day page. Thank you to all who attended.
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia and the Department of Justice Canada Victims Fund.