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.
May 7th, 2018 | Homicide Grief Support Group
The BC Bereavement Helpline hosts an annual 8-week homicide loss support group in which up to 8-10 participants come together to learn and share from their common experiences of homicide loss.
Our most recent support group was offered April 3 – May 22, 2018.
Please refer to our Support Materials page on this website for any additional support information.
If you are seeking support due to a homicide loss, please call our Helpline Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm at 604-738-9950, or toll free 1-877-779-2223 and we can help you find support resources in your area.
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.