A grief walk on the labyrinth gives an opportunity to reflect as you navigate your way through the grief process. The act of walking can encourage the release of feelings that need to be experienced. The walk may surface a thought, a feeling, an idea, a person, a sadness, a joy, a memory, a problem situation, or simply a pause to absorb the sounds of nature. Every labyrinth walk is a learning experience one way or another. In the labyrinth, the set path takes you to the centre; that you know you will get to the centre helps focus and quiet the mind.
The Butterfly Release and Walk to Remember is a fundraising event held every May. It is an opportunity to honour the memory of your loved one by releasing a live butterfly followed by a walk through the Beechwood National Cemetery. The event also involves a live harpist and inspirational readings about grief and bereavement. Click the above link to learn more.
Pregnancy and infant loss is not uncommon, occurring in one of every four pregnancies in Canada. Paint Night, coinciding with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, is a brunch, art therapy, and silent auction fundraising event, with all proceeds returning to BFO to help develop and integrate new and old programs into our list of services relating to grief and bereavement. Click the above link to learn more.
The Tree of Life Ceremony is held every December as a way for community members to remember their loved ones at the beginning of the holiday season. The event begins with speakers who share their healing process and and story, and is followed by a candlelight memorial service and refreshments. Click the above link to learn more.