Family Resources

Grief following the death of a family member is often complicated by the administrative tasks associated with death-care planning and managing the estate.

Planning and Managing Affairs 

  • After a Death
    • This website supports people who are dealing with a death. Topics include: First Steps, Get Support, Plan a Funeral or Memorial, Wills and Estates, and Who to Notify. You can find financial and legal support options on the Get Support page.
  • National Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces
    • Toll free: 1-800-883-6094
      • The coordination of military funeral and burial arrangements for currently serving members on paid service is the responsibility of the unit. Financial assistance may be available for funeral and burial costs, as well as next of kin travel arrangements.
  • Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
    • Public Enquiries Contact Centre
    • Toll free: 1-800-567-9604 or Email:
      • Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada Public Enquiries Contact Centre provides services to help families manage the legal and financial affairs of First Nations people who live on reserve and have died, or who are minors or dependent adults.

Coping with Grief

  • BC Bereavement Helpline
    • Toll free: 1-877-779-2223
      • A non-profit, free, and confidential service that connects the public to grief support services within the province of BC, including support groups for people who have been bereaved by suicide and homicide. Information about coping with grief, as well as local support groups and events, can be found on their website.
  • Virtual Online Supports for Bereavement (COVID-19)
    • The BC Bereavement Helpline has also posted a list of resources that include where to access virtual grief support services that include online mindfulness and various other support tools.
  • BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
    • Toll free: 1-800-909-6303
      • A professional association responsible for regulating the standards and practice of its registered clinical counselors. Access their database to find a counsellor near you.
  • BC Centre on Substance Use
    • A provincial organization that promotes research, education and training, and clinical care guidance regarding the treatment of substance use and addiction. The BCCSU also developed a grief handbook, in collaboration with BC Bereavement Helpline and BC Coroners Services, to offer specific support to people grieving the loss of a family member by drug overdose.
  • Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
    • CASP hosts an annual conference to discuss topics related to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. They also provide information regarding resources to support people who are touched by suicide along with a toolkit for people impacted by a suicide loss
  • Crisis Line Association of BC
    • Phone: 310-6789 (no area code is required)
      • A non-profit provincial association representing member crisis lines from across BC. Their website has information to help you to locate crisis lines to receive free and confidential emotional support and community referrals.
  • VictimLinkBC
    • Toll free: 1-800-563-0808
      • VictimLinkBC is a confidential, multilingual telephone service that provides immediate crisis support and information and referral services to victims of crime 24/7. If you’re not sure if you’ve been a victim of crime, you can still call for assistance.

Legal Assistance

If you are requiring legal advice, the following resources may be of assistance.

  • Access Pro Bono
    • Toll free: 1-877-762-6664
      • Access Pro Bono provides free legal services for those who qualify based on low income.
  • Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch
    • Toll free: 1-800-663-1919
      • The Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch (CBABC) Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) provides the public with access to a 30 minute consultation with a lawyer to determine your legal needs for a fee of $25 plus taxes. If you need legal advice, the LRS can help you find a lawyer at their regular rate.
  • Legal Aid BC
    • Toll free: 1-866-577-2525
      • Legal Aid BC provides legal information and advice to people with low income.