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.
January 29th, 2018 | Homicide Grief Support Group – Spring 2018
The BC Bereavement Helpline will be hosting an 8-week support group for individuals bereaved by homicide.
Being with others who have experienced a similar loss has proven to break isolation and create long-term networks of support. Support groups provide a safe, non-judgemental, compassionate environment for family and friends to share their stories and learn essential grief and mourning survival tools to integrate into their daily lives.
When: Every Tuesday, April 3 – May 22, 2018
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Vancouver location (address provided upon registration)
For more information or to register, please contact us at 604-738-9950 or via email at email@example.com.
December 11th, 2017 | Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training – Spring 2018
*Update: All spots are currently full. Additional applicants will be placed on a waitlist. Cancellations do occur and BCBH will notify registrants on the waitlist based on date of receipt of registration form.
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. This training will build upon the individual’s pre-existing skill-set and introduce topics specific to traumatic loss.
We are currently taking waitlist registrations. In order to be placed on the waitlist please send us your registration form through email. Payment is required only when placed into the course.
Fee is $300. Payment can be made via cheque (made out to the BC Bereavement Helpline), E-transfer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by credit card via phone or PayPal.
Space is limited! Registration is required. Please fill out the registration form and email to email@example.com.
For more information, please contact us at 604-738-9950, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 1st, 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 Sts‘ailes 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.
Fifteen First Nations women and ten supporters and facilitators joined together for a 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.”
CLICK HERE to see our report.
January 10th, 2017 | Coping With Grief During the Holidays
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.