Bereavement Day 2017

Bereavement Day 2017

November 21, 2017 will mark the first annual Bereavement Day in Canada. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) invites all Canadians to reflect on the importance of relationships past and present, to think about those who have passed from our lives, and to help advocate for supports at the provincial and national levels for grieving Canadians. 

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Throughout the month of November, culminating on November 21, CHPCA would like to help promote resources and tool to help Canadians throughout their grief journeys – for those dealing with anticipatory grief, as, for example, caregivers for loved ones at end-of-life, to those who have recently said goodbye to a loved one, and those who are experiencing complicated grief, even years after the death of a loved one.

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What can you do?

  • Send us your resources! What do you do to support the bereavement process?
  • Share your stories on social media! Don’t forget to tag CHPCA on Facebook (CanadianHospicePalliativeCare) and Twitter (@CanadianHPCAssn) and Instagram (CdnHPCAssn) and use the hashtag #GriefDayCA2017.
  • Plan a community awareness event – promote the grieving process, help educate your volunteers, or help others honour their loved ones at the end-of-life or after death.
  • Write and submit articles or Op-Ed pieces from your organizations to newspapers or create online posts for your own websites about grief and bereavement day and what it means to you.
  • Submit articles to at
  • Write or meet with your MLA or MPP (provincial)/MPs (federal) using one of the template letters available at asking for more support for caregivers following the death of their loved one through a altered Compassionate Care Benefit. Download our template letter.

Resource Documents

Bereavement Day Poster

CHPCA News Release

Frequently Asked Questions Document

Template to Politicians

Other Grief and Bereavement Resources 

For more information, please contact:

Nicole Rickard
Communications Fundraising Assistant 
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
1-800-668-2785 Ext. 233