The History of Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO):
After the death of his own daughter who fought and lost her battle to Leukemia; John McKibbon developed a bereavement support group in 1977 for other parents who had experienced the death of their child. This support group was held within the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto where four bereaved Mothers (Margaret Darte, Irene Clarfield, Marilyn Lee and Diane Oakes) attended. Following this experience of grief healing peer support, these 4 Mothers developed a new community based grief healing support organization known today as
"Bereaved Families of Ontario". (BFO)
Currently, with various affiliate BFO locations across Ontario, community members who are experiencing grief after the death of a loved one can reach out and receive
- free of charge -
grief healing peer support.
In 2023, Bereaved Families of Ontario - York Region (BFOYR) celebrates over 30 years
WE HAVE A NEW OPERATING NAME:
"Grief Healing Support Centre"
(Bereaved Families of Ontario York Region)
We would like to thank all of our Funders, Community Supporters, Donors and our Volunteers!!
It is because of your generosity and support
that we continue to remain an accessible resource for timely grief healing support for everyone across York Region
and surrounding communities.
Grief Healing Support Centre
Bereaved Families of Ontario York Region
17075 Leslie Street Unit #9
Newmarket, ON L3Y 8E1
NEED HELP NOW?
Please call 1-855-310-COPE(2673)
You can also send a text to 1-855-310-2673 or chat with
the Crisis Worker online via Live Chat
or Call 911
WE ARE A FULLY INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY
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