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.
September 29th, 2016 | Training for Professionals Supporting People Impacted by Traumatic Death
The BC Victims of Homicide, an initiative of the BC Bereavement Helpline, in partnership with Valley View Funeral Home, is hosting a training session for professionals supporting individuals and families who have suffered a traumatic death (e.g., homicide, suicide, automobile or workplace death). The training is designed to be interactive and will enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities for first time responders.
The training will be held at Valley View Funeral Home in Surrey on Friday, October 28th, from 9:00am-3:30pm. Cost to attend is $150/person, plus an additional $10 for lunch (optional). For more information about the session and the facilitators, see our poster.
To register, fill out our registration form. Payment can be submitted through PayPal below.
September 8th, 2016 | Practicum Student Opportunity
The BC Bereavement Helpline (BCBH) has an opening available for an unpaid practicum student starting in the Fall of 2016. The practicum student will work closely with the BCBH Office Manager to maintain a high level of continuity of service, communication and operations of the Helpline office ensuring effective and improved community services for the bereaved, professionals, members and caregivers.
For more information, see our careers page.
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.
June 9th, 2016 | Voices in the Courtroom
For National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2016, the BC Bereavement Helpline/Victims of Homicide hosted a two-part event, titled Voices in the Courtroom: Empowering Victims Through Victim Impact Statements, in order to empower victims to use their voice in the courtroom and enable professionals working with victims to support them effectively. Photos from the event are up on our gallery. Videos will be posted shorty on our video page.
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia and the Department of Justice Canada Victims Fund.