“Grief and Bereavement is a Part of Life”
#GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after the busy retail Black Friday that many charities and non-profits now consider the beginning of the giving season. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association has been participating for the last several years. The campaigns are generally executed digitally over social media such as FaceBook and Twitter (@CanadianHPCAssn ).
For our #GivingTuesday 2018 campaign, our theme is “Grief and Bereavement is a Part of Life”. The CHPCA is challenging Canadians to talk about grief and bereavement as a part of life, which is a continuation of our National Bereavement Day campaign. An estimated 279,936 Canadians will die in 2018, and for every one person who has died there are, on average, 5 or more loved ones who live on. They eventually must go on with their daily routines but may still be experiencing grief.
This year’s #GivingTuesday call to action includes the following:
- Learn about grief and bereavement – how it may manifest, tools and resources for those who are bereaved and for people who may know or work with someone who is bereaved.
- Ask someone about their grief, or share your own story with grief and bereavement using our soon to be developed template which you will find on our social media pages.
- Learn about Hospice Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning – what they mean, and what you think you may want or know you don’t want, when the time comes.
On #GivingTuesday, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association wants Canadians to acknowledge that grief and bereavement is a part of life. 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 what happens to those who are left behind. We need to talk to each other about grief and bereavement and normalize these conversations.
Please watch our social media on #GivingTuesday, November 27 and participate in this great campaign. If you could share our posts and tweets with others to help get the word out it would be greatly appreciated!