As we've chatted about before, butterflies can have a lot of meaning for those who've experienced a loss. The metamorphosis of the butterfly is a powerful symbol in so many ways for us when we are grieving.
Each spring, Bereaved Families of Ottawa (BFO) holds a special community memorial and fundraising event - a butterfly release and walk to remember. This year's event is on Sunday May 28th, 2017 from 3-6 PM at Beachwood National Memorial Center. It will include a memorial ceremony, live music, an opportunity to speak the names of loved ones lost, the butterfly release, and a memorial walk. For more info on this event, and to pre-register, check out BFO. The Ottawa Sun also recently posted an article on the event.
BFO is also an excellent resource for those experiencing pregnancy or infant loss. They offer a recurring, year-round, perinatal loss support group on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 7:00-9:00 PM (there is a support group tonight!). No registration is required. For those who are able to contribute, they request a $10 donation/person or $20 donation/family; however, all are welcome regardless of the ability to pay.
For more information, you can connect with BFO here: