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Support Groups2021-11-17T21:28:14+00:00

Peer-to-Peer Model

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.

Peer Support Groups

Closed groups at BFO are committed attendance support groups. Meeting once a week for a period of eight weeks, these groups are led by peer volunteer facilitators and volunteer professionals. A key feature of closed groups is that the facilitators and other group members will be consistently attending the sessions, allowing for a greater level of comfort and support in sharing our stories and discussing relevant topics. We currently offer groups for Young Adults, Parents who have lost a child, Spousal losses (both under 55 and over 55 years of age), caregivers and children aged 6-12, in addition to a Youth program.

How to Join

All participants must call in at (416) 440-0290 to complete an intake. You will be placed in a group or recommended for one-on-one support.

Open Groups

Please note that the Family and Friend Loss groups are now full for the remainder of 2022. Starting in the New Year, we will no longer be offering bi-weekly drop in groups, but rather closed 8-week peer support groups only. If you are interested in signing up for the next closed group, please contact Program Coordinator Katrina Buchanan at kbuchanan@bfotoronto.ca
Group type Dates Weekly Topic How to Join
Family and Friend Loss  November 29, 2021 (6:30-8:30PM) Significant dates: birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and other special events Registration closed
Family and Friend Loss

Monday, November 29, 2021 (2-4PM)

Coping with the holidays Call office to RSVP
Family and Friend Loss Tuesday, November 30, 2021 (6:30-8:30PM) Coping with the holidays Call office to RSVP
Family and Friend Loss December 13, 2021 (6:30-8:30PM) Possessions and memories Registration closed

Closed Groups

Group type Dates How To Join
Parents’ Child Loss Group Spaces Available for January 2022 Call office to complete intake
Spousal Loss Group (ages 55 and under) Spaces Available for January 2022 Call office to complete intake
Spousal Loss Group (ages 55 and over) Spaces Available for January 2022 Call office to complete intake
Young Adult Group (ages 18-29) Spaces Available for January 2022 Call office to complete intake
Family and Friend Loss (ages 30+) Spaces Available for January 2022 Call office to complete intake
Children and Caregiver Group (ages 6-12) On hold until in-person services resume Call office to complete intake
Youth Group (ages 13-17) Spaces Available for January 2022 Call office to complete intake

FAQs

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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