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Support groups2018-08-26T14:27:42+00:00

Peer-to-peer support

Sharing our stories, actively listening to others, and exploring the thoughts and feelings that surface with the death of a loved one. These are an integral part of the healing process.

BFO-Toronto support groups are based on the peer-to-peer model where people with similar grief experiences can come together to share, reflect, grow, support and inspire. There is something powerful about being with people who just “get it”.

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.

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, child, other family member 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 drop-in sessions as you need.

Please call 2-3 days in advance of each session to book your spot.

Open Groups

Group type Dates Time
Tuesday adult mixed loss group (ages 30+) Tuesdays: Sept. 11, 25; Oct. 9, 23; Nov. 6, 20; Dec. 4 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Wednesday adult mixed loss group (ages 30+) Wednesdays: Sept. 5, 19; Oct. 3, 17, 31; Nov. 14, 28 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Spousal group (all ages) Tuesdays: Sept. 11, 25; Oct. 9, 23; Nov. 6, 20; Dec. 4 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Pregnancy and infant loss 1-to-1 support Ongoing Please call the office to book
Suicide loss 1-to-1 support Ongoing Please call the office to book

Closed Groups

Group type Dates Time
Children and caregiver group Mondays: Sept. 17 – Nov. 12 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Parents child loss group Thursdays: Oct. 11 – Nov. 29 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Spousal loss group (ages 55+) Tuesdays: Oct. 9 – Nov. 27 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Youth Scarborough group (ages 13-17) TBD Please call the office to complete an intake
Young adult group (ages 18-29) Wednesdays: Oct. 10 – Nov. 28 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Frequently asked questions

What does a support group offer?2018-07-29T19:44:23+00:00

A safe space for you to explore your grief in whatever way makes sense for you.

A space to connect, share, and listen with others in their grief journey.

Develop skills, knowledge, and coping strategies to assist you in learning how to live with your grief.

Am I ready to join a group?2018-07-29T19:43:52+00:00

Some things you may want to think about before joining a mutual support group:

  • Am I ready to share my story with others?
  • Am I ready to hear the stories of other bereaved people?
  • Will my schedule allow me to regularly attend the group?
  • Is this the right time for me to benefit from a mutual support group?
How do I join a group?2018-07-29T19:42:58+00:00

Please call the office at 416-440-0290 to have your name added to the next available session.

Please note that there is sometimes a wait to join a support group, as we run our groups when we have the optimal amount of participants.

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