November 9th – November 16th2020

BCHPCA supports CHPCA with its “Saying Goodbye” Concert that will take place on November 15, 2020. Due to the extreme restrictions on end-of-life visitations across Canada and British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic, families and the community were not able to say goodbye to their loved ones, visit, or even have a proper funeral. The concert will be celebrating and honouring those who passed and all the families who were affected by the restrictions on end-of-life visitations.

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Make a donation in honour of your loved one to support hospice palliative care in British Columbia and the Yukon.

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and the CHPCA Champion’s Council announce the launch of the “Saying Goodbye” campaign. They are calling on health authorities to implement a more compassionate approach to end-of-life visitations across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. While certain provinces have taken steps to relax visitation protocols for end-of-life situations, many hospitals and long-term care homes still do not allow family access, even with personal protective equipment (PPE).

The British Columbia Hospice Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA) has joined the CHPCA in advocating for a more compassionate approach to end-of-life visitations across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please read our press release here.

Every Canadian deserves the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones, even in an unprecedented crisis such as COVID-19. There have been too many heartbreaking stories of families who are unable to say goodbye due to extreme restrictions on end-of-life visitations. As a result of these restrictions during the pandemic, many people have lost a loved one have not been able to say goodbye, visit, and in many cases have a proper funeral or celebration of life.

We at CHPCA would like to acknowledge the grief so many Canadians  have experienced during these unprecedented tines by holding an online concert in conjunction with National Bereavement Day.

  1. Adopt a compassionate approach that allows those nearing death to say goodbye to their loved ones, and follows safety measures including PPE requirements.
  2. Liaise with the #HPC community to exchange expertise in caring for the dying and the bereaved.
  3. Offer grief and bereavement support services for those who lose a family member or loved one.
  4. In British Columbia, seeing volunteers as essential to the delivery of services would limit the amount of people dying alone. Please read our press release here.

Saying GoodBye Virtual Concert – November 15, 2020

Join The Saying Goodbye Concert – CHPCA, Premiers November 15th at 7:00 PM EST for a breathtaking musical journey that honours Canadians experiencing grief during the pandemic.

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.