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Welcome to the BC Bereavement Helpline

The BC Bereavement Helpline (BCBH) is here for you. We are a non-profit, free, and confidential service that connects the public to grief support services within the province of BC. Whether you are looking for bereavement support groups, community events, information on BC Bereavement Day, information on how to donate or to volunteer with us you will find it here. Please call the BC Bereavement Helpline and speak with one of our caring volunteers for information on our bereavement support groups, agencies, and peer-based support.

Your call is free, confidential, and anonymous. We will help you find the most appropriate support for your specific type of loss.

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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.
Pre-registration required; cost is $120, with subsidies available if necessary.

For more information, see the poster. To register, call 604-738-9950 (or toll-free:
1-877-779-2223) or email contact@bcbh.ca.


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 contact@bcbh.ca.

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 (contact@bcbh.ca), 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 19th, 2017 2016-2017 BCBH Annual Report

Our 2016-2017 Annual Report has just been released! Please click here: BCBH AR-2016-17 Final


May 4th, 2017 Scotiabank Charity Challenge June 25!

  

Props to Purebread and the Pint Public House Vancouver who have generously donated gift certificate for prizes to our top fundraisers!

Join us in our annual fundraising effort by walking or running in the Scotiabank Vancouver 5K walk/run or 1/2 Marathon Group Charity Challenge! Walk or run in memory of a loved one and help raise needed funds for BC Bereavement Helpline. Click here to sign up.

Also, See our Facebook Event Page for information on registration.

If you can’t make it to the run/walk on June 25th, please consider donating to BCBH! 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.


May 3rd, 2017 Crisis Response Following Sudden Death Training

BCBH will be hosting free training sessions for victim service workers supporting individuals and families who have been bereaved by a sudden death. Training sessions will be offered in:

  • Fort St. John – June 30, 2017
  • Nelson – September 22, 2017
  • Nanaimo – October 20, 2017
  • Mission – November 24, 2017

For more information, see our training page.


February 14th, 2017 Thank You Arbor Memorial!

A big thank you to Arbor Memorial Foundation for generously donating $2000 to BC Bereavement Helpline. Our Vice President, Marlyn Ferguson, holds the key to more grief support in our community.



We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia and the Department of Justice Canada Victims Fund.