The Bereaved Families library holds a special place in the hearts of all our members.

The library had its beginning in 1981 when there was really not a great deal of literature about parental grief and to locate a book about a grieving child was almost impossible.

Carol Forster, a volunteer bereaved parent and Barbara Storey, a librarian from Trinity College spent many years building the beginnings of our library. It began with twenty copies of a book called The Bereaved Parent by Harriet Schiff and today the library holds over 600 books. Bereaved parents, staff members, volunteers or friends of the organization have donated all of the books. Special thanks can be extended to the BabySteps Children’s Fund and Bereaved Jewish Families who donated many books to this library. In the cover of each book is a dedication to a loved one. This makes each book very special to all who use our library.


In June of 1999, at a special ceremony at our offices, the library was dedicated to the memory of a very special young woman, whose family has been involved with BFO for many years. A special plaque was presented to the Parrott family by a large group of volunteers, who wanted to honour both Alison’s memory and her mother’s (Lesley Parrott) dedication to helping other bereaved families.

If there is a book that you would like to donate to our library, we would be very grateful.  Please contact our office. We will gladly dedicate that book to your loved one.


Please call the office at 416-440-0290 or email for information about books and videos for loan to our members.

Below are lists of books you may find helpful. Attached is also a PDF book “Seven Helpful Ways to Support Those Who Grieve” by Patricia Hung.

Book Lists

Child Loss

Pregnancy & Infant Loss

Friend Support

For Children and Teens

Loss of Friends or Family Members