NATIONAL BEREAVEMENT DAY!
What is National Bereavement Day?
Throughout the month of November, culminating on November 19th, The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, together with sector partners, community agencies and the Centre For Grief & Healing (BFO-H/P) has been promoting resources and tools to help Canadians throughout their grief journeys – for those dealing with grief, bereavement, anticipatory grief, ambiguous grief, and chronic sorrow.
This year's National 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.
As a society, we are so focused on prolonging life and curing illness that very little thought is given to what happens at the end of our journeys – including to those who are left behind. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association began National Bereavement Day as a way to help bring this discussion to the forefront of Canadians’ minds, and allow time to grieve, to remember, and to heal. As a Bereavement organization, it is important to us that we advocate to normalize the idea that grief and bereavement is a part of life and challenge Canadians to ask each other about their grief and to share their stories.
What is the Centre For Grief & Healing Doing to Honour National Bereavement Day?
This initiative is aimed at educating people in the wider community about grief and what impact it has on those who have suffered a loss in our community. We are recognizing National Bereavement Day with our "Say Their Name" Digital Campaign. This campaign shares tips, resources, education and stories about grief and the impact it has had on the people in our community.
As part of this campaign, we will be sharing individual stories from our program participants, volunteers, students, and staff members that highlight the love, the loss, the hope and the healing of those grieving in our community. Specifically, encouraging others to acknowledge and remember the loss by letting them know it's ok to "Say Their Name"
What Can I Do To Participate in National Bereavement Day?
There are several different ways to participate in today's National Bereavement Day:
Follow us on social media, where you can like, share, and comment on National Bereavement Day and help us spread the word and shine a light on the work we are doing at the Centre For Grief & Healing.
We invite you to share your own grief story, encourage those in your network to "SayTheirName" and explore the following hashtags to promote this digital campaign. Don't forget to tag us in your post and use the hashtags
#SAYTHEIRNAME #WELIVE #WEGRIEVE or #NATIONALBEREAVEMENTDAY