Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO marks National Bereavement Day on Nov. 17

Nov. 17 marks National Bereavement Day.

It is a time for Canadians to engage government and all sectors of Canadian society in a national dialogue to identify and support access to the necessary resources for those living with grief and bereavement. 

COVID-19 has changed the way people can say goodbye to their loved ones. For those dealing with grief, bereavement, anticipatory grief, ambiguous grief and chronic sorrow, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association has created a variety of bereavement day resources and tools to help Canadians throughout their grief journeys. 

Members can also access RNAO’s BPGs End-of-Life Care During the Last Days and Hours to support nurses to provide quality end-of-life care and Supporting and Strengthening Families Through Expected and Unexpected Life Events to learn more about how to promote family health through interventions and supports during expected as well as unexpected life events.

This year, RNAO’s Palliative Care Nurses Interest Group hosted a webinar on Nov. 15 entitled A Frontliners Experience of Grief and Loss during a Pandemic. It was presented by Mahoganie Hines, RN and palliative pain and symptom management consultant in Niagara. The webinar was set up to help those at the frontline understand their role and how their own grief is affected in these difficult and challenging times. Learn more about the webinar online.  

Following the webinar, attendees listened to a virtual concert organized by the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association. The Saying Goodbye Concert honoured loved ones and family members who have died during COVID-19. Watch the concert online

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