National Grief and Bereavement Day 2021 is on November 16th


Throughout the month of November, culminating on November 16, CHPCA is promoting 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.

Downloadable Resources for Grief and Bereavement Day 2021




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 basis 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 your suggested resource.

The Saying Goodbye Concert
November 14th, 2021 
8 pm (EST)

Saying Goodbye is a national virtual and in-person concert on November 14 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST with performers from across each province and territory, held in honour and awareness of National Grief and Bereavement Day on November 16, 2021. 

Hosted by Tara Shannon, talent performing includes Johnny Reid, Gregory Charles, John McDermott, Michelle Wright, Fred Penner, Jenn Grant, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Ray Legere and many more. 

Saying Goodbye will provide 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. 

Tickets to the concert are free, donations are appreciated. Join us via Live stream, or in person at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. 

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 #Grief2021 #IFeel 
  • 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 2021 National Grief and Bereavement Day Sponsors