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.
March 18th, 2015 | Save the Date – What Happens After A Homicide Occurs – A Dialogue | April 25, 2015
During the 10th annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, The BC Bereavement Helpline in partnership with Valley View Funeral Home, Police Victim Services and the Ministry of Justice will be hosting a public forum; “What Happens After A Homicide Occurs – A Dialogue.”
A forum will be held on April 25, 2015, to bring together victim family members, criminal justice professionals and other service providers who are involved when a homicide occurs. This forum will allow for dialogue and engagement to promote better understanding of the challenges and limitations that professionals and families face after a homicide.
March 11th, 2015 | Eight Week Homicide Loss Support Group in Vancouver | April 9 – May 28, 2015
The BCVOH is running an eight-week homicide loss grief support group in Vancouver starting April 9 until May 28, 2015. The group will run on Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm, location to be disclosed upon registration. Registration is required. Open to all who are bereaved by homicide.
For more information, see the Poster.
December 3rd, 2014 | Resource Directory Update
Our Canada-wide resource directory, which lists all known organizations or programs in Canada that support those who have been bereaved by homicide, has been updated. See the full directory at our support materials page.
If you know of an organization that supports survivors and should be added to our directory, please contact us.
November 3rd, 2014 | Take a Different Approach to Resolving Conflict
Simon Fraser University’s online Restorative Justice Certificate helps justice workers, educators and community advocates build safer, healthier environments through a non-punitive approach to harmful behaviour. Studying with a diverse group of other professionals, you’ll learn to take victims, offenders and communities through a process of reparation and transformation using practices such as conferencing, circles and mediation. Please visit the SFU website for more information.