Bereaved Families of Ontario - Toronto

Bereaved Families of Ontario - Toronto

November 09, 2010 09:00 ET

18th Annual Bereaved Families of Ontario-Toronto Tree of Light Ceremony of Remembrance

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) -

ATTENTION: Community Events; Life Section

For 18 years, this memorial event has offered individuals and families in the City of Toronto a touching and visible way to remember their loved ones who have died. The Trees in the Toronto City Hall Rotunda are decorated with clear lights and doves, as well as the names of those we wish to remember, and are kept on display throughout the holiday season.

The short, 30 minute ceremony features speakers including:

  • Lesley Parrot, bereaved mother;
  • Jacob Scheier, bereaved son and winner of the 2008 Governor General's Award for Poetry;
  • Heather Hewitt and her children Hope, Susan and Liam McMaster will light the trees in memory of their beloved husband and father.
   EVENT NAME: Bereaved Families of Ontario-Toronto Tree of Light
   WHEN: Thursday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.
   WHERE: Toronto City Hall Rotunda
    100 Queen Street West, Toronto 
   TIME:  6:30 p.m. check in
    7:00 p.m. ceremony begins
    7:30 p.m. interviews available with speakers

Founded in 1978 by bereaved parents and the professionals who supported them, Bereaved Families Ontario-Toronto (BFO-Toronto) is a volunteer-based charity that provides bereavement support services and programs based on a mutual support model to individuals (children, youth and adults), families and communities.

Our programs provide a safe space for people to talk and connect, foster a sense of belonging for those who feel isolated, and nurture the resiliency of people and communities to identify their own inner resources and coping strategies.

Individual sessions, groups for all ages and stages of grief, as well as programs for at-risk neighbourhoods and education/training programs are what BFO-Toronto offers to all bereaved individuals free-of- charge. More information can be found at

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