About Us

Mission Statement
We are Bereaved Families of Ontario-Cornwall. We are the bereaved helping the bereaved learn to live with loss. We create programs, services and resources to support bereaved families. Our focus is on Bereavement Services for Adults, Children/Youth and Survivors of Suicide. We can help the healing begin.


Bereaved Families of Ontario was founded by four bereaved mothers in Toronto in the year 1978. Initially nurtured by the Sick Children’s Hospital of Toronto, its particular focus is to provide support for families who have lost a child to death. The agency now has affiliates in seventeen and satellites in three municipalities across the province.

Bereaved Families of Ontario-Cornwall is an affiliate of Bereaved Families of Ontario and has been in operation since November 1985. It has become the major local source for bereavement support, resources and information in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and remains the only self-help agency that addresses and offers support free of charge to this community.

Tailored to individual community needs, Bereaved Families of Ontario-Cornwall has extended bereavement support beyond the loss of a child, spouse/partner, parents, siblings, survivors of suicide and recently, bereavement services for children/youth.

Bereaved Families of Ontario-Cornwall is a registered charitable organization whose programs are facilitated by individuals who have participated in a training program assigned and monitored by the Bereaved Families of Ontario Quality Assurance Program.

Each year, Bereaved Families of Ontario-Cornwall helps hundreds of families struggling through the grieving process. They further assist the bereaved by offering recognition of their loss in the community by organizing the “Candlelight Service” on the second Wednesday of December and the “Memory Tree” in December.