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.
November 5th, 2014 | Save the Date – December 8th, 2014 | Honour a Life
On December 8th, 2014, a memorial ceremony will be held at the VanDusen Botanical Garden for those grieving the loss of a loved one. The ceremony takes place in two parts: The first part is indoors and is led by a non-denominational spiritual care practitioner. The second is outside in the Gardens (which is lit up beautifully for their annual Festival of Lights) at the Tree of Remembrance, where people are invited to hang personalized ornaments and reflect. Spaces are limited. Please contact Kearney Funeral Services to register.
November 4th, 2014 | November 20th, 2014 | Children’s Grief Awareness Day
Children’s Grief Awareness Day provides an opportunity for us to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has in the life of a child, an opportunity to make sure that these children receive the support they need. These children can be helped to not feel so alone; join us in wearing blue on November 20th to show our support for grieving children. Learn more about CGA Day here.
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.
November 3rd, 2014 | Save the Date – 10th Annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week
The 10th annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week will take place from April 19-25, 2015. Please visit www.victimsweek.gc.ca for updates about Victims Week 2015 and how we will commemorate 10 years of raising awareness about issues facing victims of crime and the services, programs and laws in place to help victims and their families.