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.


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

  • Walk to Remember 2021
    Dear Members, Wishing you all a healthy and safe 2021. The Walk to Remember committee met through Zoom this past Monday night and we have decided to move forward with a virtual Walk. While we look forward to continuing a longstanding tradition of honouring our loved ones while walking in their memory and raising funds for BFO-Durham, things will look a little different this year due to the current environment: • We welcome everyone to walk either on your own or with your household anytime between now and Sunday, March 7, 2021. After this, we ask that you email or mail your sponsor sheets to our office • We encourage everyone to contact family and friends to sponsor BFO-Durham, in a year where our Walk will be adapting to our current restrictions. One option would be to set up a charitable fundraiser on your personal Facebook page, with donations going directly to BFO-Durham (please make sure to select “charitable”). Other forms of social media could also be used to spread awareness of the event, including Instagram • Unlike previous years where the Walk has taken place in one location, this year’s setup will allow for family and friends to support and take part, regardless of where they are located. We encourage all participants to submit a video of what their Walk will look like this year – details to follow • There will be a silent auction set up online, similar to the one we did in the fall. This will launch roughly one week before the March 7, 2021 deadline • We will also have prizes for the top three members with the highest amount of money raised Further details regarding our Walk to Remember 2021 will be found in our newsletter which will come out at the end of January. Thank you and stay safe, Jane Carter
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