Closed Group


Oct 13, 2020


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


25 per week suggested donation

Our 8-week closed groups provide a safe and supportive space to be in grief, to share your stories, and to actively listen to the stories of others. A place where those who have experienced a loss can connect with those who have experienced a similar loss.

Our peer-to-peer model of support helps to reduce the isolation that many people experience in grief and provide hope that healing is possible. Our groups are facilitated by trained volunteers who have experienced loss, received support, and want to help others heal.

Our closed groups require that each potential participant complete an intake interview to assess each participant’s readiness to attend the closed group. We require committed attendance for the duration of the weekly group. Each week the peer support volunteer facilitators will lead the group virtually by Zoom through activities specific to their loss, will provide support in the sharing of stories, and will facilitate the discussion of relevant topics.

Our suggested donation is $25 per week (which can be paid weekly, or in full once you have completed the pre-registration process) for those who are able to contribute you will receive a tax receipt. Everyone is welcome regardless of ability to donate. At BFO Ottawa, we rely on individual donations, fundraising and community support to run our programs. Thank you!

Some things to consider before registering for a closed group:

  • Have I attended any other BFO Ottawa support and share bereavement groups?
  • Am I ready to share and hear the stories of others who are grieving?
  • Have I given myself enough time to start the processing of the death of my loved one?
  • Will my schedule allow me to attend for 8 weeks?
  • Is this the right time for me to benefit from the deeper experience that a closed group can provide?

If you are ready to participate in our closed groups please fill-out our pre-registration form. Someone will contact you for an intake interview which will take place sometime in September.

BFO Ottawa


BFO Ottawa

We have been operating in Ottawa since 1978, when two mothers came together through their common experience of losing a child. Today our expert facilitators run about 120 peer support groups each year, attended by more than 2000 participants. We help and support people in our community who are dealing with grief that stems from many different types of losses: - loss of child; - loss of spouse; - loss of parent/other; - loss of sibling/friend; - perinatal loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, infant); - for youth (grades 7-12); - by suicide; - by substance use; and - by Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID);



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