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

  • Project 51 - Violet's Match 3, Fundraising Game App
    BFO in conjunction with WoWiCa (Adele & Eric Davidson) have released a game for apple and android phones that combine an opportunity to donate to BFO whilst receiving a fun match three game for your apple/android phone or iPad/tablet BFO will receive a guaranteed minimum of 51% from each and every download (also including, if you decide to do them - in-app purchases - i.e. buy extra diamonds). Family and friends can all share in the fun of playing a game, whilst helping BFO to continue their work in the community. As the game is available across the globe, relatives and friends abroad can also download the game and support BFO. For iPhone/iPad the game can be downloaded from the apple store by searching for bfo durham. For android phones/tablets the game can be downloaded from Google play by searching for bfo durham.
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