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November is Grief Awareness Month

November is grief awareness month. Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice is dedicated to educating one another to better support each other when we experience the loss of a loved one. We hope this campaign will educate, support and inspire. Our theme for this year is #BeGriefKind.

The idea of being Grief Kind comes from Sue Ryder’s palliative, neurological, and bereavement support’s Grief Kind Campaign, in the UK. We were inspired to use this theme to inspire our community here in the greater Hamilton area.

During the month of November we will:

-Talk about grief literacy and understanding grief
-Physically brighten the night with blue lights to raise grief awareness
-Emotionally brighten the night of grief with grief & bereavement support and resources
-Continue the conversation around grief
-Celebrate Bereavement Day on November 15th with a take-home soup lunch & art therapy/ mindfulness activity & an outdoor group photo at the hospice


Notable Dates:

-November 15, National Bereavement Day
-November 15 @ 11:30am, Take home lunch & activity + group photo at Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice for all staff and community/business supporters
-November 17, National Children’s Bereavement Day

Ways to Get Involved:

-Light up your home or business with blue lighting throughout November
-Purchase a community or business supporter package, a blue light bulb kit, or a shirt package and take part in special activities

-Read our Grief Gazette monthly starting in November
-Join the conversation about grief and bereavement to help educate, support and inspire our community


Purchase a Community Supporter Package:

  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Blue porch light bulb
  • Fridge magnet
  • Window sticker
  • Art therapy activity

Purchase a Business Supporter Package:

  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Pack of two blue spotlights
  • 2 Fridge magnets for your office lunch area
  • 2 Window stickers
  • Art therapy activities for 4

Brighten the Night Bereavement Packages

Price: $ 20.00 CAD
Includes long sleeve shirt, blue porch light bulb, window static cling, magnet and art therapy activity
Price: $ 50.00 CAD
2 plug-in outlet-powered blue spotlights, 1 long sleeve shirt, 2 window static clings, 2 magnets, and art therapy activity for 4 of your staff, family or friends.