National Grief and Bereavement Day 

The third Tuesday in November marks the annual National Grief and Bereavement Day in Canada. On this day, CHPCA encourages Canadians to engage government and all sectors of Canadian society in a national dialogue to identify and support access to the necessary resources for those living with grief and bereavement. 

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November 21st, 2023 

Reach Out, Support the Grief Journey 

In 2023, National Grief and Bereavement Day calls on all of us to reach out and to walk beside those around us on their grief journey. It’s a day to take action, to be present for someone who needs your support, even when words fail. 

Share your experiences with grief on social media with the hashtags #Grief2023 and #ReachOut. 

Next National Grief and Bereavement Day / November 19, 2024

2023 Campaign Theme: Reach Out, Support the Grief Journey 

About the Theme 

When someone we know is faced with grief, we can find ourselves at a loss for words. We may be unsure of how to support our friends, family, or colleagues who are going through this difficult journey. But here’s the truth: You have the power to make sure they are not facing their grief alone.  

From close or far, your actions can provide solace and connection at a time in their life when they need it most. We’ll provide you with simple yet impactful ideas that show how you can be a helping hand for someone in your life who is grieving. 

Your Support Matters 

Reaching out to someone facing grief with simple gestures of kindness can make a profound impact. Small but thoughtful actions can bridge the gap between isolation and healing. Even when it feels as though there’s nothing you can say, your actions can speak volumes to the people in your life who are navigating grief and loss.  

Together, let’s break the silence surrounding grief. Let’s walk alongside those around us on a journey with grief. Join us on National Grief and Bereavement Day as we collectively learn to reach out, offering genuine support and compassion to those around us. 

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Find Inspiration  

Share our helpful tips and suggestions to help support those in your life who are grieving. 

Your Donations Matter

CHPCA advocates for accessible quality hospice palliative care across the country. We do this so one day, everyone in Canada with a life-limiting illness can access care that alleviates their suffering when they need it most. Your support is essential to this work.

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Thank you to this year’s National Grief and Bereavement Day sponsors. 

The GSK logo.
The Saint Elizabeth Foundation logo.
Innovative Medicines Canada logo

Campaign Kit and Resources 

Download the Campaign Kit 

The campaign kit contains campaign materials, including customizable designs. Use these resources to celebrate and raise awareness of grief and bereavement supports in your community. 

Grief and Bereavement Resource Repository 

Resources to help you and your loved ones cope with grief, including regional resources. 

Share Your Story 

Help us show policy-makers and health care leaders the impact of quality grief support, or lack thereof, on families in Canada through your lived experiences.  

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