The BCVOH offers training sessions across British Columbia periodically for support group facilitators, victim service workers, and other professionals who support those who have been bereaved by homicide or traumatic loss. If your organization or community is interested in hosting a training session, please contact us.

Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training (Vancouver)

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. The training will be held in downtown Vancouver on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Pre-registration required, cost is $250.

For more information, please see our poster. To register, please call Karen Ratchford at 1-877-779-2223 or email before completing our registration form.


Crisis Response Following Sudden Death Training (BC)

The BC Bereavement Helpline will be hosting free training sessions 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. Training sessions will be held over the course of the year in various communities across BC: Victoria, Kamloops, Prince George, Terrace, Fort St. John, Nelson, Nanaimo, and Mission.

Please note that registration is subject to availability and priority will be given to BC-contracted victim service providers. Training is provided free of charge. For more information, please see our poster.

To register, please complete the registration form and mail it to Karen Ratchford at or call 1-877-779-2223.

Public Education

The BCVOH also offers public education seminars in schools, prisons, corporations, governments, non-profits, or other institutions. If you are interested in hosting a seminar, please contact us.

Testimonials from Participants

“The training provided us with a lot of learning, insight, reflection and fun. Overall, I felt that the two days offered a lot of helpful information that gave a substantial context and understanding into bereavement by homicide.”

“The discussions were excellent. This has been the most interesting and engaging training I have taken in a very long time.”

“I couldn’t have asked for more dedicated facilitators who were compassionate and experienced.”

“Presenters were really good. Really enjoyed the intimate nature of the training.”

“I appreciated the holistic perspective and the importance of connecting to our own humanity and our experiences and how this impacts our practices. Thanks very much!”

“I think the training was amazing. I don’t think they should change a thing!”

“Really excellent. Thank you!”

“Thank you for allowing me to attend and be part of something so important.”

“Thank you very much. The whole process and education were very valuable. I appreciate the mix of teaching and group activity.”

“The overall agenda of the training was very informative. Well done :)“

“Facilitators displayed compassion, empathy & experience. Excellent combination of activities & ideas for interaction with future participants.”

“The presenters were both excellent.”

“Wonderful workshop.”

“The facilitators have done the presentations accurately. It would be nice to have much training in the North regularly.”