Why I support Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region
“Grief never ends, but it changes. It is a passage – not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness or a lack of faith – it is the price of love”.
I found BFO-MR shortly after my daughter died and attended their Living with Loss program with her best friend.
At that time, my entire life was shattered and I didn’t know how to even begin to cope – I had a very close and amazing family who were very supportive but they were struggling trying to deal with her loss on their own.
When I started to participate in the closed group of parents who had lost children, I immediately felt that somehow I was going to get through this. The facilitators in the group were absolutely amazing – they were calming and reassuring. Hearing their stories and watching them reach out to help us heal was a light at the end of the tunnel.
We learned that our children would always be our children – just in a different way. We learned to make our children’s lives count and to honour their memory and allow ourselves to heal.
And I guess that’s why I’ve continued to support BFO – I’ve seen how they can positively impact someone’s life. I’ve seen and experience how they can take the darkest time in your life and help you see hope – because they understand first-hand what you are going through. I’ve seen how they can help you see the important things in life, to cherish memories and moments in your life.
There are so many worthwhile causes to support, but grief affects everyone at some point in their lives and I feel it is so important there is somewhere people can go to get help with the healing process. I love that BFO-MR has events that allow you to acknowledge your grief, to remember your loved ones, and to share with those who are travelling the same journey.
Brenda, BFO-MR Member and Generous Supporter