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 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 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 note that 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.
|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|
|Coping with the Holidays Children and Caregivers||Monday Dec. 10th||Please call the office to RSVP|
|Coping with the Holidays (open to all losses)||Afternoons and evenings, Dec. 11 & 12||Please call the office to RSVP|
|Children and caregiver group||Next Round to Start February 2019||6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Weekly for 8 Weeks|
|Parents child loss group||Fall 2018 Currently in Session, Next Round to Start February 2019||6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Weekly for 8 Weeks|
|Spousal loss group (ages 55+)||Fall 2018 Currently in Session, Next Round to Start February 2019||2 PM – 4 PM Weekly for 8 Weeks|
|Youth Scarborough group (ages 13-17)||Fall 2018 Currently in Session, Next Round TBA||Please call the office to complete an intake|
|Young adult group (ages 18-29)||Fall 2018 Currently in Session, Next Round to Start February 2019||6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Weekly for 8 Weeks|
Frequently asked questions
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.
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?
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.