Bereaved Families of Ontario – Durham Region

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

Upcoming Fundraisers

BFO Durham Online Silent Auction for the Walk to Remember 2022

So much has changed in the last year with the Covid 19 pandemic challenging our daily routines and sense of normal. This is nothing new for those familiar with BFO where a new normal is what the programs and facilitators are assisting those dealing with loss, try to achieve.

With social gatherings off the table for this year a few of our members felt there had to be some way to assist because the tragedy of loss does not stop just because there is a pandemic.

Thankfully, even with the economic challenges of the shutdown, our sponsors have still come to our aid and provided items for our Walk to Remember Online Auction.

Virtual events cannot match the exhilaration of spending time with our BFO-Durham friends as we enjoy each other’s company, and most importantly for a lot of us…((Hugs)), but the virtual realm is at least giving us the opportunity to continue to raise much needed funds to help BFO Durham be there for those in need.

We can’t emphasize enough our appreciation for the dedication of our sponsors as well as the individual donations under such difficult circumstances. With businesses shut down and a lack of a clear path forward it speaks to the quality of people we are so lucky to have in our community.

Our auction will go live at 12noon on Sunday February 27th and will be available until 6pm on Sunday March 6th 2022.

The link to our auction site is: and the items for auction will be ready for viewing by mid-February.

Successful bidders will be able to pay for and collect their items as of Monday March 7th from the office, but PLEASE phone the office to arrange a suitable time.

We hope you are able to help support this fundraising event, every penny counts! If you simply wish to make a donation, you can purchase a donation “Bid” for $25 per unit on the auction site once it goes live and then there are multiple payment options available for you:

click the donate link on our website, (for amounts less than $25) and put a note that it’s for WTR2022

send us an e-transfer (

phone the office with your credit card details

cash or debit donations are also accepted at the office

All monetary donations of $25 or more are eligible for a donation receipt


As with many aspects of life these days, we have had to adapt our annual Walk to Remember to comply with provincial Covid-19 restrictions. This year we are suggesting participants walk in their own small group at an outside location of their choice. You have the option of making a short video of your walk to submit to BFO Durham (see instructions below). We will still have the banners with your child’s photo and messages and also there will be a virtual banner posted on our website.

Collection of pledges can be done in person using the pledge forms in the newsletter, and if you are on Facebook you can create your own Facebook donation page for the Walk to Remember


The Angels' Tree of Light Memorial Service

The holiday season can be a difficult time for families who have lost a loved one. We have a lovely new angel this year. Your loved one's name will be written on the Angel ribbon and will be displayed on a plaque beside the tree. To ensure the name of your Angel is listed in the Programme, your order and donation must be received at our office by November 4th. Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 restrictions, we are unable to hold our live ceremony this year. We will be filming our Memorial Service and posting the film on the BFO Durham website on Thursday, November 25th. The Programme will also be available on the website for downloading & printing.

Angels will be available at the BFO-Durham Region office for pickup starting Monday, November 29th.

Phone: 905-579-4293 

Toll Free: 1-800-387-4870      

Fax: 905-579-7403



knitted blanket raffle

Memorial Butterfly – Outdoor version now available

The memorial butterflies sold by BFO Durham Region are now available to order in an outdoor version.

Each butterfly will come mounted on a metal spike along with a plaque with the name and dates of your loved one.

They can be purchased for the same price as those on our memorial wall in the BFO Durham Office $100.

(A tax receipt for $60 will be issued for each purchase)

To place your order please call Bereaved Families of Ontario at 905-579-4293

Garden Butterfly

Butterfly Wall

Bracelet Fundraiser for BFO-Durham in memory of Violet Davidson

In loving memory of Violet (Babe) Davidson.The Davidson family are pleased to announce that the Fundraising Bracelets for BFO Durham Region are now available at the office.There are 4 colours to choose from at a price of just $3 each.