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.
June 19th, 2017 | Suicide Grief Support Group
The BC Bereavement Helpline and the Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC are hosting a grief support group in Vancouver for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. The group will run Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30pm, from September 13 to November 1, 2017.
For more information, see the poster. To register, call 604-738-9950 (or toll-free:
June 12th, 2017 | Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training
On September 8th and 9th, 2017, BCBH will be 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. This training will build upon the individual’s pre-existing skill-set and introduce topics specific to traumatic loss.
For more information, see the poster.
To register, please complete the registration form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost for training is $250 ($200 earlybird price until July 19th). Full payment is required in advance via cheque (payable to BC Bereavement Helpline), E-transfer (email@example.com), or by Credit Card through PayPal either on the phone (604-738-9950) or through our website below:
June 2nd, 2017 | PODCAST SERIES “VOICES OF RESILIENCE”
On Monday, May 29th BC Bereavement Helpline, the parent organization of BC Victims of Homicide, launched the original 5-part podcast series, “Voices of Resilience,” in support of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, May 28 – June 3, 2017.
Each day that week, a new story of resilience in the face of traumatic crime was posted on this page. All podcasts are available on our videos page.
May 4th, 2017 | Scotiabank Charity Challenge
BCBH/BCVOH is participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge to raise funds for our organization!
Walk or run in memory of a loved one and help raise needed funds for BC Bereavement Helpline. Click here to sign up. (You must sign up with the Scotiabank walk/marathon first, and then select BCBH as your charity.)
You will receive a discount in the entry fee if you use the charity code: BCBH21K (1/2 marathon) or BCBH5K (5K discount code).
If you can’t make it to the run/walk on June 25th, please consider donating to BCBH/BCVOH! Your funds will help ensure that our Helpline is fully staffed Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; that we continue to offer facilitator training for those who can provide Traumatic Loss Support Groups in their communities; and that we can continue to provide our unique homicide-loss and suicide-loss support groups.
February 6th, 2017 | Traumatic Loss Facilitator & Crisis Response Following Sudden Death Training
The BC Bereavement Helpline is hosting training sessions throughout BC for victim service workers supporting individuals and families who have been bereaved by a sudden death. The training is designed to be interactive and will enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities and move intuition to conscious action. Upcoming dates and locations:
For registration information, see our training 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.
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia and the Department of Justice Canada Victims Fund.