We are the Bereaved Helping the Bereaved

Over the years, Bereaved Families of Ontario–Durham has expanded its range of services in order to meet the needs of the community it serves.  See "Our Programs" for further information. 

One of the greatest strengths of this organization rests on the drive and commitment of its compassionate and dedicated volunteers.  At this time, paid staff, volunteer Board Members and a small group of volunteers provide the front line services to the bereaved in the Durham community and help members in their greatest time of need.

Our History

When a child dies, grief can devastate a family.  Bereaved Families is an organization in Ontario whose primary mandate is to provide support services to families who have lost children.  It was initiated in 1978 by four bereaved mothers as a self-help, mutual aid program under the auspices of the Chaplaincy Department of the Hospital for Sick Children.  Their mutual support of one another grew to welcome and include others who were also experiencing this life shattering experience. In July 1984, the organization became a provincial body made possible by a grant from the Trillium Foundation. 

Now, Bereaved Families of Ontario has affiliate chapters across the province, all working to help grieving families cope with the deaths that have forever changed their lives.  Durham Region became an affiliate in October 1993.  With a Director of Member Services, a Director of  Public Affairs and a strong team of volunteers, BFO-Durham provides support services, public awareness and volunteer training in the Durham Region.

Funding

All our programs and services are offered free of charge.  BFO-Durham Region currently does not receive federal, provincial, or municipal funding.  Most of its funding comes from individuals and special fundraising events.   Charitable Registraiton #861619880RR0001

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Upcoming Events

  • Angels' Tree of Light - Nov 28, 2019 Read More
    The holiday season can be a difficult time for families who have lost a loved one. Once again we will decorate a tree with clear lights and Angels in their memory. Your loved one's name will be written on an Angel and will be displayed on a plaque beside the tree. Orders must be received at our office by November 20th. Angels may be taken with you after the service. Angels not taken will be available at the BFO-Durham Region office for pickup at a later time
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