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MEDIA RELEASE: BFO needs volunteer facilitators to meet demand and increase capacity

Kitchener, ON: Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region (BFO-MR) is currently recruiting volunteer facilitators for its peer grief support programs in an effort to meet demand for service and […]

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Winter Tips and Resources

Contributed by: Samantha Porte This season can be challenging, it comes with many complications and if you celebrate holidays, it may come with extra grief and heavy feelings. We wanted […]

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Loss before Bereavement 

Contributed By: Samantha Porte  What does that mean, loss before bereavement? Usually they go together, and traditionally we are told what the trajectory can and will look like. That’s not […]

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What is Grief?  

Contributed By: Samantha Porte Everyone will experience it at one time or another, we have a hard time putting it into words, and it is both simple and complex. So, […]

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News Release: Kitchener’s first memorial microforest honours loved ones

Kitchener, Ontario – The City of Kitchener, Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region (BFO-MR) and Sustainable Waterloo Region are inviting Kitchener residents to plant a tree or shrub in […]

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Two-year Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund grant supports volunteer growth and capacity

This spring, we were honoured to receive a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund to build our resilience and sustainability by increasing volunteer capacity and scaling up […]

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BFO-MR receives Community Services Recovery Fund grant

We are honoured to share that Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region is a successful recipient of support through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund. BFO-MR recently […]

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BFO Midwestern no longer releasing butterflies at fall memorial

After careful consideration, Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region has made the decision to no longer offer a butterfly release as part of our fall memorial event. Many factors […]

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November is a big month for grief

This week marks two important days to raise awareness about grief, normalize the experience and ensure those who need support on their journeys have access to it. Tuesday November 15 is […]

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Introducing our new logo

Throughout our 25+ year history, we have evolved from primarily supporting parents grieving the death of a child, to offering a variety of programs reflective of the grief experiences of […]

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There is NO TIMELINE for grief

At BFO-MR, a significant aspect of our work is centred around grief literacy. For us that means educating our community about grief to encourage empathy and understanding. We talk about […]

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BFO-MR receives OTF Grant to better support grieving children, families and individuals

A Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is enabling Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region (BFO-MR) to build a strong foundation for the future as […]

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