Throughout the month of November, culminating on November 17, 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.

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.

November 17th is National Bereavement Day 2020 in Canada
#Grief2020 #GriefJourney #SharedJourney

Grief and bereavement support is an essential element of all care at the end of one’s life. This year, the CHPCA invites Canadians on a shared journey that fosters compassion and encourages them to cope with their grief by supporting each other through living and grieving. We might be physically distant, but grief brings us together. We learn to live with the loss and grief in ways that maintain and honour our bond with the person who died but don’t limit our capacity for joy, pleasure and a meaningful life. At this trying time, we might be physically distant, but we are emotionally, spiritually and socially connected through our grief.

Downloadable Resources for Bereavement Day 2020


Grief and Bereavement Resources Repository

This repository of grief and bereavement resources is a collection of useful links and resources to help you and your loved ones cope with grief. Please note, this page will be updated on regular bases with new and other suggested resources. If you would like to add other resources to our repository, please contact info@chpca.net and we will update the repository with you suggested resource.

The Saying Goodbye Concert
November 15th, 2020 
7 pm (EST)

CHPCA is acknowledging the grief so many Canadians have experienced during these unprecedented times with an online concert to honour loved ones and family members who have passed during COVID-19. Canadians can add their loved one’s name to be streamed live during the concert. Featuring an array of Canadian talents: John McDermott, Tara Shannon, Alan Doyle, George Canyon, Gowan, Rosie MacKenzie, Florent Vollant, Keelin Wedge, Shari Ulrich, Eileen Laverty, Ray Legere, Sheila Carabine & Amanda Walther

National Bereavement Day Webinar 
November 26th, 2020 
12:00-1:30 pm (EST)

Please join the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC) for a free webinar to learn about new exciting work being done!  

In this webinar: Updates from National Bereavement Day – highlights of the 2020 National Bereavement Day and Saying Goodbye Virtual Concert from the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA – Review of the Grief and Bereavement Scoping Review from the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada’s (QELCCC) Research and Knowledge Translation (KT) Committe – Learn about the regional Grief and Bereavement Planning Project from the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program


Sharon Baxter, MSW – Executive Director, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA; and Secretariat of the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC), Christopher A. Klinger, PhD – Chair, Research and Knowledge Translation Committee, Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC); Chair; End-of-Life Issues Theme Team, National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE); and Research Scientist, Pallium CanadaNeerjah Skantharajah, MHSc(c) – Graduate Student, Translational Research Program (TRP), Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, and Tara Cohen, MSW – Program Manager, Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program and Registered Social Worker in Private Practice. 

What can you do?

  • Send us your resources! What do you do to support the bereavement process?
  • Share your stories on social media! Challenge Canadians to ask each other about their grief and bereavement, and share their stories. Don’t forget to tag CHPCA on Facebook (CanadianHospicePalliativeCare) and Twitter (@CanadianHPCAssn) and use the hashtags #Grief2020 #GriefJourney #SharedJourney
  • Write and submit articles to local newspapers or create online posts for your own websites about grief and bereavement day and what it means to you.
  • Write Op-Ed pieces from your organizations to submit to national newspapers.
  • Submit articles to ehospice – ehopsice@chpca.net
  • Donate: CHPCA is advocating 365 days a year for strong national Hospice Palliative Care policy to serve all Canadians. You can help make our voice stronger by making a donation of any amount at chpca.net/donate  or by donating to your local hospice or palliative care program.

Thank you to our 2020 National Bereavement Day Sponsors.