Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region provides peer grief and bereavement support to families and individuals in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.
Our facilitators, who are bereaved themselves, bring compassion and a unique understanding to our programs.Volunteers are extensively trained so they not only bring their personal experiences and grief journeys to the programs they facilitate, but also the necessary education and resources to ensure a positive experience for our members.
Our current programs include:
Parents grieving the death of an infant – 8 Week Program for parents who have experienced the death of a baby during pregnancy, as an infant or a child up to and including the age of two.
Parents grieving the death of a child – 8 Week Program for parents who have experienced the death of a child from 3 years of age and up.
Healing Little Hearts (children ages 4-12) – 6 Week Program helping children understand and cope with feelings of loss when they have experienced the death of a loved one. A concurrent group for parents/caregivers is held along side the children’s group.
Good Grief (youth ages 13-17) – 6 Week Program focuses on helping teens understand and cope with grief after a death. Facilitated by an MSW and a peer support professional, this group offers a safe and supportive atmosphere in which teens can work through their feelings and share their experiences with a group of peers.
Living With Loss – For adults who have experienced the death of a loved one, this group is designed to provide on-going support and some basic education about the grieving process. It is an open, drop-in group and no registration is required. This program is offered in Kitchener, Cambridge, Guelph and Mount Forest.
Living with Loss for Adults Grieving the Death of a Loved One By Substance Use – Peer support group specifically for individuals impacted by drug or alcohol-related deaths. We hope to lessen the stigma, encourage dialogue and create a safe, welcoming space for people who are grieving to share stories about their loved ones and learn to heal.
One-on-one support – Offered once/per month for parents when group isn’t immediately available.
If we don’t have a program suited to your specific needs, or comfort level, we have extensive connections in the community and can help you find an alternative place for support that fits. Through these connections, we also stay up-to-date about changing needs in the community and keep our programming flexible so we can adapt and provide programs and services where they are needed most.
Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region is an affiliate of the provincial body whose work is carried out in communities throughout Ontario. If we aren’t in your area, please call the office at 519-603-0196 and we can provide you with the resources closet to you.