National Bereavement Day

National Bereavement Day – November 19, 2019

November 19, 2019, is the annual National Bereavement Day in Canada. On this day, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) invites all Canadians to think about those who have passed away from our lives and help advocate for support at local, provincial and national levels for grieving Canadians.

This year’s theme is “Coping with grief, together through living and grieving“.The 2019 digital campaign aims to encourage individuals and groups to learn about grief and bereavement, this year CHPCA highlights the importance of coping with grief and encourages all Canadians to support those living with grief and bereavement.

“Grief impacts all aspects of our lives,” and CHPCA is encouraging Canadians to cope with their grief by supporting each other through living and grieving. Our grief is a unique reflection of our relationships and is influenced by our past experiences, current circumstances, and the availability of support.

“When someone dies we naturally grieve. For many of us grief impacts all aspects of our lives; physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually.” says Sharon Baxter, Executive Director of CHPCA. “. Grief may impact our relationships and even cause us to lose interest in our usual social activities and hobbies. It may also affect our sense of meaning and purpose in life; and this reality has created the need to ensure information and resources on hospice palliative care and advance care planning are accessible to all Canadians; that resources are provided to those who need them in a timely fashion and in the setting of their choice, and that resources meet their care needs”.

Grief and bereavement support is an essential element of all care at the ends of one’s life. On this Bereavement Day, CHPCA provides Canadians with an abundance of helpful resources for those living with grief and bereavement. Find this year’s resources at www.chpca.net/bereavementday and share them with your friends, family and loved ones who are experiencing grief.We encourage you to also share these resources with your networks and communications team, use the hashtags on social media where ever applicable #WeLive #WeGrieve #GriefDay19, and share your resources, stories or news articles for ehospice by emailing –nrickard@chpca.net.  

CASC/ACSS is proud to partner with the CHPCA as a member of the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC), and we have just set up a new Community of Practice for CASC/ACSS Members who specialize or work in Palliative and Bereavement Care. You can join this, or other Communities of Practice, by clicking on the “Groups” tab on the “MY CASC/ACSS” page at www.spiritualcare.ca/members.

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