To provide an empathetic community of peer support and education for individuals and families who are grieving.
The bereaved helping the bereaved so that no one has to walk alone through their journey of grief.
- Empathy: We embody a culture of compassion and understanding that everyone’s grief experience is unique, and that those who have walked the grief journey can help those who are new to it.
- Education: We believe educating the community about the grief experience contributes to the healing process, helps lessen the stigma of grief and bereavement and creates opportunities for conversation.
- Gratitude: We are grateful for the opportunity to support the bereaved in our community and thankful for the generosity of our donors who make it possible.
- Respect: We treat our staff and volunteers with kindness and appreciation for their skills, time and contributions to our organization.
- Confidentiality: We hold member confidentiality to the highest standard and provide a safe and secure environment to travel grief’s journey.
- Accountability: We are accountable to the membership to ensure the needs of the bereaved are being met efficiently, effectively and responsibly.
DIVERSITY AND EQUITY COMMITMENT: BFO-MR’s Board of Directors, leadership and staff are committed to diversity and equity work. We have started this work internally and know that in order to best serve the diversity of people who live in our communities, this work must be intentional and ongoing.
Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region serves a region that is situated on the Haldimand Tract, land that was granted to the Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations of the Grand River, and within the territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples.
We have a responsibility to acknowledge and understand this history and the current experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, and for this understanding to inform the work that we do. We respect and honour their traditional knowledge and practices surrounding death, dying and grief and are committed to furthering our own learning to create safer spaces for all.
This land acknowledgement provides an opportunity for us to reflect on our relationship with the land and the continuous process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.