A message from our Executive Director

Be safe. Be kind. We’re in this together.

It goes without saying that this is a very difficult time for everyone. There is much uncertainty as we navigate the Covid-19 crisis and learn how to manage its impact on our day-to-day living.

Closures, cancellations, social distancing and self-isolation practices are the current norm across almost every business and organization to protect our most vulnerable and flatten the curve.

At Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region (BFO-MR), we are very aware of the impact that isolation and the loss of community connection can have on someone’s grief experience. While we have had to cancel or postpone some of our programming, we are committed to ensuring people in our community who are grieving continue to feel supported.

As we work towards implementing some interim support measures, please watch our Twitter feed (@bfomr) and Facebook page ( for updates. We will also be ramping up sharing of articles, blogs, podcasts and other resources to help you through this difficult time.

The BFO-MR office is closed until April 6 with all staff and placement students working from home. If you call us (519-603-0196), leave a message and we will return your call.

Please know you are not alone. If you are grieving and need support, please reach out. To us, to a friend, to a neighbour, to a colleague.

If you know someone who is grieving, now is the time to put feelings of discomfort aside and make a connection. In the words of Brene Brown, “choose courage over comfort”. Pick up the phone. Send a text message. Check in. Say something. It doesn’t have to take long – a simple “I’m thinking about you” can make a world of difference.

Kindness matters and we can all use some extra support these days.

Take good care of yourself and each other.

Jaime Bickerton, Executive Director
Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region