Family Centre Newsletter - Fall 2022

BFO-MR Hosts Virtual Grief Literacy Series

At BFO-MR, an important aspect of our work is educating the community about grief. Increasing grief literacy helps normalize the experience, creates greater compassion and empathy for the many ways grief exists and allows more people to access support if they need it. This year, we’re pleased to be hosting a Virtual Grief Literacy Series featuring a stellar line-up of topics and speakers.

Sessions are $35 each or sign up for all five sessions for $125. Whether you are a professional working with bereaved individuals or are a community member interested in learning more about the many layers and intersectionalities of grief, the goal of this series is to help broaden your understanding about grief in general, and more specifically as it relates to marginalized communities.

For more information, and to register, click here.

Used Book Sale is Back!

We are thrilled to be back in The Family Centre gym for our fifth annual used book sale! Join us on Thursday October 20 from 1-8 p.m. and Friday October 21 from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Paperbacks are $2 and hardcovers are $3. Do you have books to donate? Visit our website for info about what we can and can’t accept. Book Sale – Bereaved Families of Ontario (

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THIS EVENT! We’re looking for volunteers to help sort and organize book donations on Tuesday October 18 and Wednesday October 19 (shifts are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. on both days). Interested? Email us at

SAVE THE DATE: Night of Bright Stars memorial event

Mark your calendars for Friday November 25 and join us at the Victoria Park Pavilion. We’ve made some changes to our annual winter memorial event with the goal of making it even more welcoming for our community to attend and honour their loved ones. Watch for more information and registration details, coming soon.