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Our 2023 Grief Healing Peer Support Programs: 

Current 2023 Support Programs - 18+ 

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Individual Peer Support (18+) 
Prior to joining any of our grief healing support groups, please call our office to complete a short intake.  All participants are initially supported via individual peer support session(s) at which time we can explore our various grief healing supports.
We are here  to help you navigate your personal journey of loss after the death of
a loved one.  

For more information or to complete an intake and set up your individual peer support session (currently offered via phone or zoom)
please call our BFOYR Support Team at

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Peer Support Groups (18+)
"Open Groups"
These groups operate throughout the year and offer ongoing registration for inclusion after any loss of a loved one who has died.
"Closed Groups"
These groups are "loss specific" meaning everyone in group has experienced the same loss.  Throughout the year, we offer:
Child Loss Group
Spousal / Life Partner Loss Group
Parental Loss Group

For more information please contact / 905-898-6265


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Community Based Grief Healing Support Groups:
Seniors (55+) Grief Healing Support Groups are offered at various locations throughout
York Region:

We also offer on-site grief healing support
"Navigating Our Grief"
 for workplaces, schools and community groups who are grieving the loss of a fellow co-worker, student, colleague. 
For more information please call our

Programs & Volunteer Coordinator at
905-898-6265 /


Our 2023 Support Programs For Children / Youth 
Children's 'Art Expression' Grief Healing Support                    Youth 'Art Expression' Grief Healing Support

(Ages 9-13)                                                                                      (Ages 14-17)
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For inquiries on available dates for children or youth Art Expression grief healing support within your school or to be a community based children/youth organization host location;
please contact our Youth Intake & Outreach Coordinator at 905-898-6265 or
We proudly acknowledge the generous funding support which makes these new programs possible.  Our sincere gratitude for the financial support of:


Mindfulness Informed Indigenous

Grief Healing Support Circle on Georgina Island, ON


A Georgina Island Health Centre & Bereaved Families of Ontario - York Region Collaboration

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All of our grief healing support programs ensure a safe space for personal grief expression.  Connection with others who have learned how to navigate life after loss and
sharing with others who are also grieving;
helps minimize feelings of isolation, loneliness and depression. 

We remain committed to barrier free, fully inclusive support where
no one has to navigate their personal journey of grief alone.  

Message From Our Executive Director:

A most genuine and mindful thank you to all of our dedicated Staff, Students & Volunteers who continue to help design, develop and deliver all of our grief healing supports; responding to the identified grief & bereavement support needs of York Region and surrounding areas. With the strong strategic direction from our dedicated Board of Directors, the support of our Community Partners and our Funders...…Together wreally do make a difference!!!   We keep the Candle of Hope & Healing visible... shining bright & lighting the way for every person grieving and desperately trying to cope.  To those who are currently navigating the lonely, personal journey of loss of a loved one, we are here - please reach out to us at 905-898-6265. I am so honored to be a part of such an important cause and to be able to collaborate with such beautiful souls who are collectively dedicated to timely and compassionate grief healing peer support across our beautiful Region of York.  Thank you  to our  exceptional Board, to every Volunteer, Staff member and for every support donation.  It truly is because of your kindness, your generosity, your time and commitment that we are able to continue with our dedication to fully inclusive and accessible grief healing peer support. 
With sincere gratitude, 

Barbara Bathurst, BFOYR Executive Director 2023

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Bereaved Families of Ontario York Region  

17075 Leslie Street Unit #9

Newmarket, ON L3Y 8E1

Tel: 905-898-6265



Please call 1-855-310-COPE(2673)

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