Family members* are entitled to a per-person payment for grief counselling by a professional counsellor. This could be a social worker, psychologist or member of the clergy, among others. Associated medication costs would also be included in this amount.
An additional benefit per person is available for accommodation, meal expenses and pre-approved travel expenses incurred when a family member must travel more than 50 km (one way) from their home community to attend grief counselling.
This financial support, offered under the Personal Injury Protection Plan (PIPP), is available for an indefinite period of time until the maximum payment amount is reached.
Arrangements can be made to have PIPP pay for the counselling sessions directly or to reimburse family members based on receipts submitted for expenses incurred.
Your case manager can answer questions about finding a counsellor and arranging to have the cost of the counselling covered directly by PIPP.
Please refer to the PIPP Benefits outline for the current payment rate.
*Family of the deceased means: spouse, common–law partner, child(ren), step–child(ren), parent(s), step–parent(s), grandparent(s), brother(s), sister(s), step–brother(s), step–sister(s) and others who can demonstrate a similarly familiar relationship to the deceased.