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Bereavement Day concert to honour Canadians who've died from COVID-19

A National Bereavement Day concert will honour Canadians who've died of COVID-19. Submit names of loved ones through late August. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Working with the belief that every Canadian deserves the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones, even in the unprecedented conditions surrounding COVID-19, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) is planning a virtual concert to allow a community goodbye. And it's asking for the names of your loved ones lost to the disease to be part of the event.

"There have been too many heartbreaking stories of families who were unable to say goodbye due to extreme restrictions on end-of-life visitations. As a result of these restrictions during the pandemic, many people who have lost a loved one have not been able to say goodbye, visit, and in many cases have a proper funeral or celebration of life," said CHPCA communications officer Aia Raafat.

The CHPCA want to acknowledge the grief Canadians have experienced through an online concert in conjunction with National Bereavement Day. Those who want to honour their loved ones in this way can add their name to be streamed live during the event. The deadline for name submissions is August 17, 2020.

"Grief and bereavement support is an essential element of all care at the ends of one's life. Caregivers, families, and friends need more help to prepare to say goodbye and to live well while grieving the loss of their loved ones," added Raafat. 

Fill out the submission form here to have your loved ones name streamed live at the Saying Goodbye: National Bereavement Day concert.

The concert will air on November 15, 2020 as part of a National Bereavement Day campaign, with representations from every province and territory. The following artists are slated to appear: John McDermott, Tara Shannon, Alan Doyle, George Canyon, Larry Gowan, Rose McKenzie, Florent Vollant (Indigenous and French), Kalen Wedge, Valdy, Eileen Laverty and Ray Legere.