Friends and Family

Help a Friend or Family Member

There is help for friends and family of people in pain. You are not alone. LivePlanBe is a free online self-management tool developed by Pain BC to support those living with pain, their friends and family to learn about pain and pain management.

Support and relationships

Pain affects our closest relationships in many ways. Our connection with family, close friends or intimate partners may be challenged, and it can be hard to know what to do to address frayed connections. These resources provide suggestions and strategies for maintaining strong, supportive relationships with people who have pain.

Parenting and chronic pain

These articles, videos and podcasts are relevant to anyone who is a parent or caregiver of a child or adolescent with chronic pain, as well as anyone who is a parent and has chronic pain themselves.

LivePlanBe: Featured resources for friends and family

Four communication tools for close relationships

Dealing with other people when you are living with chronic pain can be a big job. Here are four practical communication strategies for close relationships.

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Talking to your kids about chronic pain

Being a parent in pain can sometimes feel very lonely. This article, written by a mother and certified coach who lives with chronic pain, shares how to talk to your children about pain.

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How memories shape childhood pain

In this episode of the Pain Waves podcast, Dr. Melanie Noel talks to us about her latest research on children’s memories of pain and how she is teaching parents to talk to their kids differently about pain.

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Family Caregivers of British Columbia

Family Caregivers of BC (FCBC) is a provincial, not-for-profit that proudly and compassionately supports more than one million people in British Columbia who provide physical and/or emotional care to a family member, friend, or neighbour. FCBC supports caregivers by providing access to information, education and supports that enable caregivers to feel more confident and successful in their important role. Visit

Brochure for friends and family

Pain BC is here to support you, too. Gain practical tips and encouragement from Pain BC’s brochure, Chronic pain hurts everyone: Support for friends and family.