Upcoming events

BFO- Toronto will be offering one-day, as well as 8-week writing workshops with Governor General’s award winner Jacob Scheier.

8-Week personal narrative about grief workshop

Monday Evenings: 6:30-9 PM, February 22- April 12

This eight-week course is for people who are interested in expressing loss and grief in a creative way through the art of personal narrative/memoir. To help learn the techniques and devices for creating compelling and evocative narrative, each class we will do a guided close reading of a short excerpt from one or two published personal essays or memoirs about grief. Classes will be in workshop format, in which participants will have the opportunity to share their creative work with their peers and the facilitator for constructive feedback in a safe and supportive environment. Also, we will do several writing exercises, throughout the course, to help generate ideas and practice developing writing skills. This class is open to writers at all levels of experience, no prior writing or workshop experience is needed. Every loss is appropriate to write about, including the many losses we are suffering collectively and individually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

One day Writing About Grief Workshop (prose and poetry)

Saturday, February 6th —2- 5 PM

This workshop is for people who are interested in expressing loss and grief in a creative, poetic and literary way. Through reading a published excerpt of personal narrative and a poem, we will do a couple of writing exercises, working towards making our own experiences of grief and loss speak to others. This workshop is open to writers at all levels of experience, no prior writing or workshop experience needed. Every loss is appropriate to write about, including the many losses we are suffering collectively and individually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sign up for either of these workshops here.

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What We Do

No matter when, how, or who you lost, we provide an environment and resources to help you in your grief journey. Our programs and services range from one-to-one support sessions to 8-week support groups and are based on the peer-to-peer support model in which individuals with similar experiences share their stories, provide support and inspire hope.

We are a community that has the courage to share and explore grief, and to be a beacon of hope for the future.

We travel the road together. We help the healing begin.

COVID-19 Update from BFO- Toronto 

We will continue to suspend all in-person one-to-one meetings, support groups, training, and community events until further notice. However, if you need support, please get in touch! We are still operating and are here to support you. We are offering one-to-one phone or video calls, peer-led group supports and very soon we will also be announcing new meetings and activities. Feel free to connect with us at programsupport@bfotoronto.ca or (416) 440-0290 x102.

Initial Support

1-to-1 initial support sessions with trained volunteers

Support Groups

Drop-in groups and 8-week closed programs

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It took a long time for me to be ready for help, but when I was, BFO-Toronto was there for me. The people and stories helped me find a healthy perspective and taught me how to cope with my new life.

Matt S.

The BFO Spousal Loss Group provides a gay positive space where I can process, share and learn from the experiences of my “grief buddies”.

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There were laughs, tears, new perspectives. The peer-to-peer support method really helped. I’ve even made some friends in grief.

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