We are the bereaved helping the bereaved learn to live with grief.

We empower grieving individuals and families by providing inclusive mutual support programs, fostering hope and healing, and educating the public to help reduce the stigma surrounding grief and bereavement.


In 1977, John McKibbon, part of the chaplaincy department of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, whose own daughter had died of leukemia, initiated a parental bereavement support program endorsed by the hospital’s chaplain, Hugh Gemmell. 

Margaret Darte, Marilyn Lee, Diane Oakes Foster and Irene Clarfield, participants in this program then became involved in the development of a bereavement support program now known as Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO). 



To be the recognized leader in the Halton-Peel Community in support of grief and healing.


To provide inclusive mutual support, improved awareness and education about grief, that fosters hope, healing and improved health and wellness outcomes in the Halton-Peel community.

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After the death of her daughter Madeleine, Margaret Darte, along with four other bereaved mothers, co-founded Bereaved Families of Ontario through the Hospital for Sick Children. 

In 1989, Bereaved Families of Ontario - Halton / Peel became a Registered Charity committed to supporting grieving individuals and families.

We are one of eleven affiliates located throughout Ontario, all with strong community spirit that mirrors the commitment made by volunteers and staff. BFO programs are facilitated by trained volunteers who are themselves bereaved. 

For more information about BFO Provincial or any of the affiliate chapters, please click here


"This organization helped save my life. They are dedicated and caring."

~Mixed Loss Group Participant

"A good way to know that whatever you are going through can be healed or that it has a solution."

~Child Loss Group Participant

"Enjoy coming to these meetings, sharing and listening to others share their experiences, and learning how they deal."

~Mixed Loss Group Participant