Bereaved Families of Ontario – Durham Region

"Bereaved, helping the bereaved learn to live with grief"

About Us

BFO-Durham Covid -19 update


As of January 31st 2022 we will be allowed 10 people inside. Therefore we will go back to the in house drop-ins

This office is still open but with limitations on number of people allowed inside taking personal space into consideration. PLEASE CALL 905-579-4293 should you need support. 

Please note:

• No entry to anyone experiencing any Covid -19 related symptoms

• Only 1 or 2 people from the same household can visit per appointment

• Social distancing rules will still apply. All persons should maintain at least a 2 metre distance from each other

• All visitors please use hand sanitizer upon entering the office

• The washroom, kitchen area and Library will remain closed

• Door handles etc. will be disinfected between appointments


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How to set up for a FREE Zoom meeting

ZOOM is VERY easy to use

For our BFO meetings, there will be a link provided that you just click and voila you are there. Make sure you have your audio on (so everyone can hear you), you do NOT have to connect a video if you don’t want to be seen – but let’s face it… we want to see and hear each other during this stressful time.

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Do you need an account to use Zoom?

A Zoom account is not required if you are strictly joining Zoom Meetings as a participant. If someone invites you to their meeting, you can join as a participant without creating an account. However, if the host has restricted joining meetings using authentication profiles, then the participant will need a Zoom account to access the meeting

How do I signup for Zoom?

You can sign up for a free Zoom account at

How much does Zoom cost?

A basic Zoom license is free. Learn more about available Zoom plans and pricing.

Joining a Meeting 

How do I join a Zoom meeting?

You can join a meeting by clicking the meeting link or going to and entering in the meeting ID. Learn more about joining a meeting.  

How do I join computer/device audio?

On most devices, you can join computer/device audio by clicking Join Audio, Join with Computer Audio, or Audio to access the audio settings. Learn more about connecting your audio.

Can I Use Bluetooth Headset?

Yes, as long as the Bluetooth device is compatible with the computer or mobile device that you are using.

Do I have to have a webcam to join on Zoom?

While you are not required to have a webcam to join a Zoom Meeting or Webinar, you will not be able to transmit video of yourself. You will continue to be able to listen and speak during the meeting, share your screen, and view the webcam video of other participants. 

Welcome to Bereaved Families of Ontario -Durham Region

Bereaved Families of Ontario–Durham Region is a non-profit organization which has been supporting families in the Durham Region for 25 years.

This organization provides support programs to bereaved parents, young adults and teens. These programs offer support where bereaved individuals can learn to live with their grief, decrease their sense of isolation and help adapt to everyday living.

BFO-Durham facilitates the development of self-help/mutual aid support services and resources for families with a unique focus on the death of a child.

What you can expect at your first visit

Newly bereaved parents are often apprehensive to contact us as they do not know what to expect. When you first contact us by phone, Jane Carter, our Executive Director will put you at ease, assuring you that we can help. She may ask a few questions, but she will especially listen to you. Should you decide to visit in our office, she will further explain what to expect; it is important to note that our services are free to all members.

BFO-Durham Region is located at

948 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario  L1G 4W2

  • We are located immediately south of the Shell Station.
  • Accessible parking and building facilities are available for people with disabilities.
  • For further information please contact us: 
  • by completing the on-line contact us form
  • or via e-mail at
  • or by phone at 905-579-4293 / 800-387-4870

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