Resources

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.

 

  BCBH Bereavement Resource Directory

The only comprehensive Bereavement Resource Directory of not-for-profit bereavement support groups and agencies in BC with over 315 grief-specific resources found in over 80 communities throughout BC.  The BCBH Resource Directory is verified each year and includes alphabetical listing of organizations by cities, a cross-reference index, internet resources, Victim Services information, access to websites, e-mail addresses and a map finder. An e-copy of this highly valuable resource directory is available free to any Silver level members, or above (Gold, Platinum levels). Please see our membership page for more information.

 

  Brochures

50 copies of our the BCBH Grief & Loss Support brochures are complimentary for all of our Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum members.  Non-members are welcome to order quantities of 50 brochures at $25 each, plus postage. Please see our membership page for more information on becoming a member or ordering brochures.

 

  “Helping Series”

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

Sample titles include: Helping Yourself When Someone You Love Has Died, Helping Yourself When Your Parent Has Died, Helping Yourself Heal When Someone You Care About Dies of a Drug Overdose (**New**),  Helping Yourself When Your Spouse Has Died, and over 20 other titles to help with your particular loss.

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. To order pins, please click here. (You do not need to be a BCBH member to order pins.)

 

  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)