NATIONAL BEREAVEMENT DAY
CHILDREN’S GRIEF AWARENESS DAY
NOVEMBER 19th, 2020
November 19th is known internationally as Children’s Grief Awareness Day.
The blue butterfly represents hope and is used around the world to raise awareness for grieving children and youth who can be the ‘forgotten mourners’ when someone dies in their family. It is important to let them know we are here for them. In Canada, one child in 50 is bereaved.
NATIONAL BEREAVEMENT DAY
NOVEMBER 17th, 2020
The third Tuesday in November marks the annual National Bereavement Day in Canada.
Bereavement refers to the time when a person experiences sadness after losing a loved one. On this day, BCHPCA encourages British Columbians and Yukoners to engage the government and all sectors in a provincial dialogue to identify and support access to the necessary resources for those living with grief and bereavement.
Share your stories on social media!
Challenge British Columbians and Yukoners to ask each other about their grief and bereavement, and share their stories.
Don’t forget to tag BCHPCA on Facebook (bchospice.palliativecare) and Twitter (@BCHPCA) and use the hashtags:
- Shock, disbelief, or denial
- Periods of sadness
- Loss of sleep and loss of appetite
Mourning often goes along with grief. While grief is a personal experience and process, mourning is how grief and loss are shown in public. Mourning may involve religious beliefs or rituals and may be affected by our ethnic background and cultural customs. The rituals of mourning − seeing friends and family and preparing for the funeral and burial or final physical separation − often give some structure to the grieving process. Sometimes a sense of numbness lasts through these activities, leaving the person feeling as though they are just “going through the motions” of these rituals.
Grief and mourning happen during a period of time called bereavement. Bereavement refers to the time when a person experiences sadness after losing a loved one.
National Bereavement Day Webinar
November 26th, 2020
12:00-1:30 pm (EST)
Please join the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC) for a free webinar to learn about new exciting work being done!
In this webinar:
- Updates from National Bereavement Day – highlights of the 2020 National Bereavement Day
- Saying Goodbye Virtual Concert from the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA – Review of the Grief and Bereavement Scoping Review from the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada’s (QELCCC) Research and Knowledge Translation (KT) Committe)
- Learn about the regional Grief and Bereavement Planning Project from the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program.
- Sharon Baxter, MSW – Executive Director, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA; and Secretariat of the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC),
- Christopher A. Klinger, PhD – Chair, Research and Knowledge Translation Committee, Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC); Chair; End-of-Life Issues Theme Team, National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE); and Research Scientist, Pallium Canada,
- Neerjah Skantharajah, MHSc(c) – Graduate Student, Translational Research Program (TRP), Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, and
- Tara Cohen, MSW – Program Manager, Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program and Registered Social Worker in Private Practice.
BC Hospice Palliative Care Societies are here to help.
Hospice societies provide services in grief, compassionate listening, bereavement, end of life, caregivers support, volunteers and frontline workers support and much more in the communities they serve. Please contact your community hospice for additional services and self-care supports.