National Grief and Bereavement Day 2022


Throughout the month of November, culminating on November 15, 2022, 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 focus is: Grieving is how we say goodbye.

Grief is our natural response to loss. This response is not limited to the loss of a person; we can all experience grief following the loss of a pet, a relationship, or of our health and mobility. When we lose someone or something that holds great value to us, the grieving process gives us the opportunity to say goodbye to that important piece of our life  and to make peace with the new “normal” that will come as we move forward, heal, and grow. 

Everyone across Canada will experience grief at some point in their lives. National Grief and Bereavement Day is the opportunity for Canadians to share and normalise talking about grief, and to highlight the resources that can help those among us who are struggling to cope with loss and who need a helping hand to process their grief.

Share your experiences with grief on social media with the hashtags #Grief2022 and #SayingGoodbye!

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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 [email protected] and we will update the repository with you suggested resource.

The Saying Goodbye Concert - November 14, 2021

Nominated for the Outstanding Digital Live Music Event award - Canadian Live Music Industry Awards

The Saying Goodbye Concert was a national virtual and in-person concert held on November 14 with performers from across each province and territory, in honour and awareness of National Grief and Bereavement Day on November 16, 2021.

Hosted by Tara Shannon, the concert includes performances from Canadian performing artists including Johnny Reid, Gregory Charles, John McDermott, Michelle Wright, Fred Penner, Jenn Grant, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Ray Legere and many more. 

Saying Goodbye provided a time and place to grieve for loved ones lost during COVID-19 as the pandemic prevented many from engaging in the usual process of letting go. 

Did you miss last year’s concert? Want to watch it again? Find the recording available for FREE below!

Grief and Bereavement Day Webinar

Grief is a very common emotion that everyone experiences (for example, through death, divorce, moving cities and homes, etc.), yet very few people can recognize or even label it. This is due to the idea that grief is considered a “taboo” topic and should be avoided in conversation. As a result, even fewer people know how to respond to and process grief—both their own and that of others.

As we come out of COVID-19, keeping conversations about death and grief “taboo” have broader societal implications than we may think. Join us for this webinar to explore what grief is, what can cause it, and how to best respond and process it.

This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association in honour of National Grief and Bereavement Day.

Shine by Ambre McLean and the students from Smiths Falls Music


Written by Ambre McLean, Performed by Ambre McLean and students from Smith Falls Music

Excerpt about the song, from Ambre McLean

When I grieve, I feel like I’m in an impossible maze of emotions. The walls are too high for me to see over, the floor is rocky and uncertain, the sky is too dark to navigate by, and the exits keep changing. The eye of grief is not all-seeing. It is blind and numb and empty and lonely. The last thing I want to do is sing or play or even look at an instrument. So, for me, the creative process comes much later. It is the aftermath, almost the victory of making it out alive. I create as a way to gather up all the fractals and pieces of my broken self, and much like a puzzle, the creativity part is putting it all back together in a new way, to make up for the missing parts, and to make room for the new versions of self that grow gnarly from the wound.

Grief - The art of living after your heart is ripped out of your body


My mind is a maze
My heart is ablaze
I’ve seen better days
But it’s been quite a while
I’m not so much sad
And I’m not feeling bad
But this day that I’ve had
Has stretched out for miles
I know this cloud will eventually catch the wind
And it will Shine, Shine, Shine, Shine,
When the moon pulls the sun up to the sky
It will Shine

It surprised me today
Crept up behind in a way
“I am fine” I will say
I don’t want to explain
‘Cause you can’t understand
Unless you’ve been where I am
I don’t want to pretend
But I’ll say it again
I know the dawn will look upon another day
And it will Shine, Shine, Shine, Shine,
When the moon pulls the sun up to the sky
It will Shine, Shine, Shine…

What can you do?

  • Send us your resources! What do you do to support the bereavement process? Contact us at [email protected]  
  • 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 #Grief2022 #SayingGoodbye 
  • 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 – [email protected]  
  • 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 or by donating to your local hospice or palliative care program. 

Thank you to our 2022 National Grief and Bereavement Day Sponsors.

Future Dates for National Grief and Bereavement Day

  • National Grief and Bereavement Day 2024: November 19, 2024
  • National Grief and Bereavement Day 2025: November 18, 2025
  • National Grief and Bereavement Day 2026: November 17, 2026