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.
Throughout the month of November, culminating on November 19, CHPCA would like to help promote 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 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.
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