The BCBH is committed to increasing public understanding of bereavement as a normal life process through education, advocacy, networking, and dissemination of information. This page contains resources on grief from the BCBH available for purchase; however, many of these resources are free of cost to bereaved persons.

Links to other organizations that provide grief support and information can be found here and information about coping with the loss of a loved one or supporting a bereaved person can be found here.

Our order form is available here: click here to download purchase order.

If you are a bereaved person and your order includes only those items that are free to you, you may email your order to Otherwise, we’re sorry but we do not accept credit cards, please mail your cheque (made out to the BC Bereavement Helpline) along with your order form to our post office box:

PO Box 20095
RPO Fairview
Vancouver, BC V5Z 0C1

Please note whether you wish to have a receipt with your purchase.

  BCBH Bereavement Resource Directory

The only comprehensive Bereavement Resource Directory of not-for-profit bereavement support groups and agencies in BC with over 300 agencies in 76 cities in the province (only available in electronic version). Includes alphabetical listing by cities, a cross-reference index, internet resources, Victim Services information, access to websites, e-mail addresses and map finder.

  • Non-members: $50.00
  • Members: $25.00


Guide to Provincial Bereavement Support Services Pamphlet of BCBH member support groups and services (updated annually) for distribution by service providers and caregivers to assist the bereaved.

  • Members: $0.25
  • Non Members: $.50
  • Bereaved individuals: free

  “Helping Series”

Loss-specific brochures authored by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, PhD, CT, noted author, educator and Clinical Thanatologist.

Sample titles include: Helping Yourself When Someone You Love Has Died; Helping Yourself When Your Parent Has Died; Helping Yourself When Your Spouse Has Died; and over 20 different types of brochures to help with your particular loss.

  • Caregivers: $1.00
  • Bereaved individuals: free

To order, please click here.

  Black Ribbon Pins (Symbol of Bereavement Day)

These black, enamel pins with gold trim are delicately designed and meant to be worn if you are in grief or are wanting to recognize someone who is. Meant to raise awareness of the state of bereavement as being a time for slowing down and taking care of one’s self, these pins replace the “black arm band” of many years ago. Remember, if we had a broken leg, we would wear a cast and others would assist us as they could. When our heart is broken after the loss of someone we love, we have no outward sign of how much we hurt inside. The Black Ribbon Pin helps identify that we would appreciate a little more compassion and patience than usual while in our bereaved state.

  • $ 2.00 minimum donation (this represents cost only)
  • For orders of 200 or more (for groups, agencies or corporations), $1.50 per pin plus shipping

  Bereavement Support Start-up Packages

The “Understanding Grief Support Group Guide – Starting and Leading A Bereavement Support Group”.
Authored by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, this book discusses the role of support groups for mourners and describes the steps involved (such as deciding on group format, publicizing the group and writing meeting plans) in getting a group started. Responding to problems in the group is also addressed, as is a model for evaluating your group’s progress.

The Guide includes potential meeting plans that can be used with the accompanying books for participants, “Understanding Your Grief – Ten Essential Touchstones” and the Companion Journal – “Understanding Your Grief Journal”.

In addition, information is included on ceremonies you can use to support people in grief on special occasions and holidays. The program follows the “Companioning Model” verses the “treating” model for bereavement support and guidance. Designed specifically for community groups to be able to start and lead their own bereavement support group. Excellent for “grassroots” organization, church-based groups and community agencies. (Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery)

  • $ 575.00 (includes Include Facilitator’s Guide (reusable) and 10 Participants Workbooks and 10 Participants Journalling Books (all taxes, shipping fees and cross border fees)

Obits: The Way We Say Goodbye by Mary Ellen Gillan (available in hard copy)
A composition of carefully selected obituaries from publications across Canada compiled and presented by Mary Ellen Gillan (a local North Vancouver author) Ms. Gillan generously donated a number of copies of her book to the BC Bereavement Helpline as a fundraiser to assist in our service to the bereaved. We are very grateful for her generous and kind donation.

  • $ 5.00 (for hard copy normally only available in bookstores for $10.95)