Peer support facilitator

The peer-support model is what differentiates Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region from other forms of grief support. All of our groups are facilitated by volunteers who are themselves bereaved, and many of our members find facilitating to be a rewarding way to give back, as well as continue on their own grief journey.

Along with lived bereavement experience, our facilitator training is mandatory to volunteer as a peer facilitator with BFO-MR.

We are currently experiencing an urgent need for facilitators for our program for parents grieving the death of an infant. We are focusing all of our volunteer recruitment efforts and spring facilitator training on filling that need.

If you are a parent who has experienced the death of a baby (during pregnancy 20+ weeks gestation or as an infant) and are ready to support others in their grief journey, we need your help. Fathers, mothers, biological, adoptive: all are welcome.

Training is virtual and takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 on:

  • Monday May 31
  • Monday June 7
  • Tuesday June 8
  • Monday June 14

You must attend all four two-hour sessions. Content will focus only on facilitating our program for parents grieving the death of an infant and includes:

  • BFO-MR group structure, content and process
  • Facilitation skills and exercises
  • Story sharing
  • Boundaries and debriefing

Individuals will complete this training with a strong understanding of peer support, and gain the skills and confidence required to facilitate BFO-MR’s infant loss group. At this time, we will only be training individuals for the peer support facilitator role, not those who would like to take the training for professional development.

If you’d like to learn more about our facilitator training program and the role of peer support facilitator for our program for parents grieving the death of an infant, join us for a virtual  information session on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Register here.

A few things to keep in mind before applying:

  • Be aware of your limitations and ensure you are in a place in your life where you are able to make a commitment to volunteering with BFO-MR. We require at least a one-year commitment.
  • All applicants are required to complete an interview prior to the training.

If you are interested in participating in our next training session, please fill out an application form and our staff will be in touch.


For more information, please email or call the office at 519-603-0196.