November 20, 2018 will mark the second National 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 support at the provincial and national levels for grieving Canadians.
This year’s theme is “grief and bereavement is a part of life.” The 2018 digital campaign aims to encourage individuals and groups to learn about grief and bereavement; this year CHPCA is also challenging all Canadians to talk to their friends, family, and co-workers about their grief and bereavement experiences.
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. CHPCA would like to help bring this discussion to the forefront of Canadians’ minds, and allow time to grieve, to remember, and to heal. CHPCA wants 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. We all handle bereavement and grief differently, and helping Canadians understand that would go a long way to improving the ends of one’s life for dying Canadians, their family caregivers and other loved ones.
For more info and resources visit http://www.chpca.net/news-and-events/bereavementday.aspx