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 25th, 2017 | Thank you, Karen!
It is with sadness in our hearts that we say good-bye today to our beloved Program Manager, Karen Ratchford, who will be leaving the BC Bereavement Helpline at the end of September. Karen has served the Helpline with dedication and integrity for the past five years in various roles, including Office Manager and Program Manager. She will be greatly missed and we wish her the best of luck as she begins a new exciting chapter in her life!
September 11th, 2017 | Sisters in Strength Wellness Retreat – Spots Available
The BC Bereavement Helpline is hosting a two day “Sisters in Strength Wellness Retreat” at Sts’ailes Lhawathet Lalem in Agassiz on Friday October 13 to Sunday October 15, 2017.
This special two-day retreat is open to up to 25 Indigenous women who are family members of one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), and is free of cost. The focus of the retreat is self-care and wellness. We want to bring together Indigenous women to connect and share in each other’s strengths in a positive, sacred, trauma and culturally-informed environment. Please click here for more information about our organization and this retreat.
If you, or anyone you know, would like to take part in this retreat, please contact us immediately at 1-877-779-2223 or email@example.com for more information or to apply.
This retreat is supported by the Province of British Columbia.
August 14th, 2017 | Traumatic Loss Facilitator & Crisis Response Following Sudden Death Training
The BC Bereavement Helpline is hosting training sessions throughout BC 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. Upcoming dates and locations:
For registration information, see our training page.
August 14th, 2017 | Suicide Loss 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. There are a few spots remaining – contact us to register. Call 604-738-9950 (or toll-free: 1-877-779-2223) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost is $120, with subsidies available if necessary.
For more information, see the poster.
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.
January 10th, 2017 | BCBH in the News
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.