One-to-one initial sessions

We offer individual support sessions for those eligible for closed groups, and for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, homicide or overdose. Individual support is a place where you can feel safe to share your story with someone who has experienced a similar loss, and is a trained volunteer. This meeting is a chance for you to get some immediate support and also to explore the possibility of joining a mutual support bereavement group.

Closed groups

Closed groups at BFO are small, closed-membership groups of 8-12 people who have experienced like-losses and want to explore their grief in a confidential and supportive setting.

The groups are facilitated by two peer volunteers, with similar losses, and are supported by volunteer professionals.  Generally groups meet once a week, in 2-hour sessions, for 8 weeks.

Eligibility for closed groups: bereaved young adults ages 20-29, parents who have lost children, those above the age of 55 who have lost a partner

If you are interested in participating in a group please call the office at 416-440-0290

Open groups

Open Group Programs at BFO are for any adult over 30 years of age who has experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or relative, or the death of a partner.

BFO-Toronto peer volunteers who have experienced similar losses facilitate groups, which are open discussion format with no set topics.  Attend as many sessions as you need.

Please note that open groups are not drop-in based, and you must complete an intake before attending.

Attendance lists for open groups begin accepting RSVPs the Sunday evening prior to group. RSVPs made before this will be asked to RSVP again starting Sunday evening.

While we endeavor to accommodate all requests, open groups often fill up. To ensure a space in the group, please RSVP in advance.

Support groups