Stories

The families who have shared their stories know that they will not benefit from a new law. Yet, they are campaigning for wrongful death law reform in BC. Hear them explain why.

(Please note: Our volunteer team is currently working through a large backlog of family stories to get them ready for publishing. This page will be updated regularly.)

Each story features a BC family that was denied access to a trial because their loved one was not a breadwinner.

Family of Theresa Pereira

Family of Theresa Pereira

These families did not get the answers they deserved. No compensation was available for their loss—no support for counselling, time off work, or resources to move on. The injustice of the wrongful death continues to cause suffering.

IN THEIR NAME urges the provincial government to adopt a wrongful death act that truly respects the needs of all British Columbians.

Frank’s Story

“The day after my Dad died in police custody, I called the police department and asked what had happened. The Police Chief offered to pay for my Dad’s funeral but I said not until I found out what exactly happened to him…” – Frank Trent Watts Jr., son of Frank James Watts

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Theresa’s Story

“On May 10, 2006, my mother had a routine laser cataract surgery. At the post-surgery appointment on Thursday, May 18, the doctor said that the surgery had been a success, and that her eye was healing nicely. However, by Sunday May 21, her eye became irritated, sore and swollen. When she woke up the next day, it was much worse – she felt more pain, and when she touched that side of her face, she described the sensation as raw, like an open wound. When she returned to the clinic, the RD froze my mom’s eye in preparation for the procedure. She then left the room to inform the specialist that the freezing solution had been administered. While the RD was out of the room, my mother stopped breathing. To this day, I still don’t know exactly what happened after that dose was administered.” – Beatrice, Daughter of Theresa Pereira

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Erin’s Story

“That horrible day on January 18th, 2012, she was once again admitted to the emergency room at Delta Hospital. When I arrived, I found my daughter in tears, saying to the nurse, ‘My head hurts so bad – I just want to go home.’ I overheard the nurse tell her, ‘I’ve heard you say this all day,’ and she just walked away, leaving my daughter in the hallway. Erin was overlooked. Once again, she was sent home broken and in tears, told that she just had a sinus infection, as her young boyfriend and I literally carried her out of the hospital. She was braindead the next morning.” – Nona, Mother of Erin Gallagher

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Chelsea’s Story

“Chelsea was a bright young 23-year-old woman who was just starting her life. Her smile could light up a room in total darkness. We are forever changed. On January 9, 2016, we heard a knock on our front door; it was the police. They looked at us and said that Chelsea passed away…” – Shelly, Mother of Chelsea James

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Amir’s Story

“My 26-year-old son, Amir Sedghi, was killed in a plane crash on May 4th, 2019, near Smithers, British Columbia. We feel the loss of Amir every day. He was a young man of many talents; he was a musician, businessman, spoke 5 languages, and was motivated to protect nature and wildlife. Only after his death were we even further shocked to learn that my son had no “value” under British Columbia’s wrongful death laws.” – Marzieh, Mother of Amir Sedghi

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Natasha’s Story

“Tasha was everything to me. She was my only child and throughout her life, I was mostly a single parent. We were very close and usually talked every day. I would be the first person she’d call to share exciting news and vice versa. We were inseparable. My beautiful daughter died suddenly at the young age of 29.” – Ann, Mother of Natasha Forry

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Lindsey’s Story

“Lindsey was my baby. Before her passing, I had already lost my husband and my other daughter. When I lost Lindsey, I lost my whole family.” – Lorie, mother of Lindsey Kean

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Hudson’s Story

“My son, Hudson, was shot and killed by an RCMP officer on July 18, 2015. He was in distress. He was wearing his boxer shorts. He didn’t have a weapon – my son only carried a football, if he carried anything at all. He was shot nine times in front of the South Surrey RCMP detachment, only two blocks from home. It seems like yesterday that it happened, and forever since I’ve seen him.” – Jennifer, mother of Hudson Brooks

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Xavier’s Story

“My heart aches because there may be no justice for what happened to my little boy. The doctors, who refused to perform tests on my son, who lied to me and neglected to tell me things that I should have known about my son’s health, may never see any consequences.” – Shayla, mother of Xavier Mena

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Laura’s Story

“You know we’re not in it for the money. None of us are. We’re there for change.” — Robert, father of Laura White

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Heidi’s Story

“So the doctors who made the mistakes that led to her death had no repercussions. There were no suspensions, there were no firings, there were no re-trainings—there was nothing that was done.” — Catherine, mother of Heidi Klompas

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Gary’s Story

“It was one of the worst cases of senior abuse and the RCMP was disgusted how bad my dad was treated. And yet, had this happened in my home, I would have been arrested. But he was in a care facility protected and they get away with it.” — Rita, daughter of Gary Davis

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