Bereaved Families of Ontario is a non-profit, mutual aid organization providing support services for families who have experienced the death of a child, at any age and from any circumstance. We provide a safe place where members can talk about their loss, share their story, and express their grief. Through the self-help process, participants no longer feel alone. They feel hopeful as they see how others have coped, and learn about grief as a normal response to loss. Participants find a comforting network of caring people building trust and relationships. Our meetings and groups are facilitated by trained bereaved parent volunteers.
There are eleven BFO affiliate chapters throughout the province of Ontario. The Southwest Region Chapter serves communities across the counties of Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford, Kent, Huron, Lambton and Perth.
We’re located at 571 Wharncliffe Road S., Suite 4, London Ontario N6J 2N6
Bronagh Morgan, B.A. (Trent 1993) LL.B. (Queen’s 1999), is our Interim Executive Director. Bronagh has been a member of Bereaved Families of Ontario since 2009, following the death of her daughter Violet. She became a member of the Board of Directors in 2014, and has been representing the Southwest Chapter on the BFO Provincial Board of Directors since 2016. She is currently working towards certification as a Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Person, and sits on the Patient Experience Committee at London Health Sciences Centre.
Cathy Walsh, Grief and Bereavement Studies Certificate (King’s College 1999) is our Associate Director. Cathy became a founding member of Bereaved Families of Ontario – Southwest following the death of her son Darren in 1982. She was our first Executive Director and has over 35 years’ experience with the organization. In her current part-time role, she focuses on fund development and group meeting facilitation.
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