Archive for March, 2013

Hi everyone:

The lengthening days bring the promise of Spring, but like the burden of grief that we still carry, Winter seems intent on staying around. Please note the following items that we hope will help you to move forward.

1. Sharing Circles

Our Sharing Circles continue on the third Tuesday of every month at the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, 2730 Carling Avenue (at Richmond Road) from 7pm to 9pm. The next meetings are March 19th (this week!), April 16th, May 21st and June 18th, and will continue throughout the summer. For directions and a map, please visit our website There is no need to register in advance and there are no fees to attend any of our meetings or activities.

2. CHEO Brochures and Posters

The support team at CHEO have prepared and distributed English and French language leaflets and posters to publicize the TCF Balloon Release (June), the CHEO Memorial Service (October) and the TCF Worldwide Candle Lighting Celebration (December). Copies are available on our website under Resources. Please feel free to forward, post or copy them to any one you feel may benefit, including doctor’s offices, community centres and church/faith groups.

If you have difficulty reading .pdf files, you can download a free .pdf document reader at or

3. BFO Programs

The Ottawa Chapter of Bereaved Families of Ontario is taking registrations for their adult closed group sessions. A copy of the notice is on our website under Activities, you can find more information and registration details on the BFO website at

4. Weekend Retreat for Bereaved Mothers

Kimberly Ryan has sent information on her annual retreat scheduled for May in Delhi, Ontario, which is posted on our website under Activities. For more details and to register, please contact Kimberly at

5. Trent University Dream Study

Joshua Black, an M.A. candidate at Trent University, is conducting a research study into the role of dreams in the grieving process. The study will be conducted by e-mail and telephone interviews. If you would like to participate, please contact Joshua at and mention The Compassionate Friends.

6. Website Resources

Our webmaster Mark, continues to add useful information and resources to our Chapter website, including a Memories page where we remember our children who have left us too soon. If you would like to include your child in this memorial, please contact Mark through the e-mail link on the website. We are also posting newsletters from other Chapters and information on relevant events that come to our attention. If you have any suggestions for material you would like to see, please contact Mark or myself.

7 Facebook Page

Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook under “The Compassionate Friends – Ottawa Chapter” where we encourage you to post comments and pictures and exchange ideas with other bereaved parents.

Please reply to this message if you would like your name to be removed from our mailling list.

Best wishes,

Andy Bond
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter
Kevin’s Dad

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Facilitator Kimberly Ryan has announced an upcoming retreat for bereaved mothers. You are invited to visit her new website at for further information.

Weekend Retreat for Bereaved Mothers
May 24–26, 2013 (Friday to Sunday)
at the
Lynedoch Lyceum Retreat, B&B and Special Events Centre
295 Charlton Street, R.R. #1, Delhi, ON N4B 2W4

Kimberly says “This retreat is a beginning to take care of ourselves by learning new ways to nurture our health and well being. It is also a time to be with other mothers whose child has died.  I have set the intention for the weekend as a time for healing and nurturing as we continue on the journey of grieving.  Family and friends do their best to be helpful and supportive, but there is something to be said about being with other mothers who have suffered such a blow and are doing their best to live through the unimaginable, the death of their child.  It is my hope that the time spent together will not only be a ‘respite’ to nurture our spirits but also a beginning step to taking care of ourselves each and every day and especially on those difficult days that we know lie ahead.”

For further information, email:

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The Ottawa branch of Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO) is accepting registrations for its Art Therapy for Grief Youth Program.

The nine-week program begins the first week of April and is for children and teens recovering from the death of a loved one.

Facilitators encourage participants to explore their feelings through various means, including creating drawings, paintings or collages inspired by specific themes and relaxation techniques.

BFO is a self-help, peer support organization. They encourage the sharing and expression of emotions and personal experiences in small, peer support groups for children, teens and adults who are dealing with the death of a loved one.

BFO is also taking registrations for its 10-week Adult Closed Groups. These groups are facilitated by trained BFO volunteers who have also experienced the death of a loved one. After a short film or guest speaker, the facilitators help to structure the discussion, share their experiences, as well as answer questions. Participants are welcome to share, or simply be present with other bereaved people who are learning to live with their grief.

There is a specific group for parents coping with the loss of a child.

For more information, contact:
Deborah Krogan, Program Coordinator
613-567-4278 or

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