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Every year, we adorn trees with tags that hold the names of our loved ones and put them on display in Toronto City Hall’s rotunda. While Trees of Light will not occur in-person at City Hall this year, the event will take place no differently. Order your dove name tags through our site and virtually come together with our community to remember your loved ones through BFO’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

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With the holiday season approaching, BFO recognizes how difficult this time of year can be. Even if we have found a way to cope with everyday life, the holiday season may amplify the longing we feel or the memories we have of past holidays when our loved ones were here with us. Very often, this time of year can bring on a renewed sense of grief.

Our Coping with the Holidays groups are intended to create a space to discuss the challenges of being bereaved at this time of the year, to share coping strategies, and to connect with others. Everyone is welcome to attend these groups, no matter what loss they have experienced. This year’s sessions will be held over two days each and will be conducted virtually by Zoom.

Session A

Tuesday, December 1st & Tuesday, December 8th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Session B

Wednesday, December 2nd & Wednesday, December 9th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

If you are interested in attending either of these groups, please send your RSVP to Please indicate in your response, which Session (Session A, Session B or ‘Either’) works best for you.

Thanks to you, BFO-Toronto’s inaugural 5K Memorial raised over $34,000! Through your donations, we are able to provide free grief support to the people of Toronto during these turbulent times. We hope that the 5K inspires you to continue honouring your loved ones by living life to its fullest.

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 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

Initial Support
Support Groups

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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”.

Suza S.

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

Ryan H.


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