Peer Support Services

Peer Support Groups & One-to-One Support

Our Services

All of our services are based on the peer support model. Peer support is a form of assistance and emotional support provided by individuals who have also experienced the loss of a loved one – we are the bereaved helping the bereaved. At BFO-SW, this support can come from staff, practicum students, or volunteers who understand the grieving process firsthand and can offer empathy, shared experiences, and coping strategies. 

Please note we do not provide clinical services (counselling, therapy) or crisis support.

Not sure if peer support is right for you? Complete this brief self-assessment to find out!

1:1 Peer Support

Our trained peer supporters, guided by their own experiences of grief, provide connection, empathetic listening, and compassionate support. One-to-one peer support can be offered by phone or video conferencing on an as-needed basis. Sometimes, we are able to accommodate in-person sessions depending on volunteer availability. We try to match you with a volunteer who has had the same type of loss, however we cannot make any guarantees.

Available for those 18+. 

Sudden Child Loss Peer Support Group

This peer support group is specifically designed for those who have experienced the sudden loss of a child, and provides a safe space for individuals to share their stories, emotions, and struggles with others who comprehend the unique challenges associated with losing a child unexpectedly.

June 19
July 17
August 21

7:00pm-8:30pm
In-person (London, Ontario)
Ages 18+

Moms’ Child Loss Peer Support Group

 This peer support group is for mothers who have experienced the loss of a baby or child at any age, and offers a safe space for dialogue, mutual understanding, and healing.  

May 28
June 25

6:30pm-8:00pm
In-person (London, Ontario)
Ages 18+

Living with Loss: A Mixed Loss Peer Support Group 

This virtual, bi-weekly mixed loss peer support group is open to adults who have experienced any
death-related loss, offering an opportunity to meet and foster connections with others who are also navigating the complexities of grief. 

June 12 @10:00-11:30am
June 26 @6:00-7:30pm
July 10 @10:00-11:30am
July 24 @6:00-7:30pm
August 7 @10:00-11:30am

Virtual via Zoom
Ages 18+

 

Inclusive Connections: A 2SLGBTQIA+ Grief Peer Support Group

Join our newly launched virtual, bi-weekly peer support group for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, offering a safe and inclusive space for individuals to process loss and grief in a supportive environment.

June 21 @10:00-11:30am
July 5 @6:00-7:30pm
July 19 @10:00-11:30am
August 2 @6:00-7:30pm
August 16 @10:00-11:30am

Virtual via Zoom
Ages 18+

Adult Sibling Loss Peer Support Group

This peer support group offers a non-judgmental space for participants to express their emotions, memories, and challenges associated with the loss of an adult sibling.

June 8

1:00pm-2:30pm
Virtual via Zoom
Ages 18+

Suicide Loss Peer Support Group

This peer support group provides a safe haven for those navigating the complex journey of losing someone to suicide. 

May 28
June 18

6:00pm-7:30pm
Virtual via Zoom
Ages 18+

Partner Loss Peer Support Group

This peer support group provides a compassionate and understanding environment for individuals who have lost their spouses or partners.

June 19

10:00am-11:30am
Virtual via Zoom
Ages 18+

About Us

Bereaved Families of Ontario – Southwest Region is a local, registered charitable organization offering compassion and care through peer support and mutual aid for individuals dealing with a death-related loss.

Contact Us

General Inquiries:
[email protected]
(519) 686-1573

Program Inquiries:
[email protected]

(226) 448-8123

 

Mailing Address

Bereaved Families of Ontario – Southwest Region

PO Box 22067
London, ON

N6A 6H8

 

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