Support & Share Night Program

For over 35 years, this monthly program has been supporting individuals and families on their journey of grief.  It provides an educational component and a peer support group component.  Each month we provide an opportunity for you to connect with others in one of the 5 peer support groups that are led by our understanding and compassionate volunteers.  The night begins with an educational talk, followed by an opportunity to connect with others who are grieving a similar loss to yours in a supportive group environment.  Groups are facilitated by trained, understanding volunteers who have grieved and experienced a loss similar to yours.  You are not alone.  You can see our past speakers and their topics here.

Our speaker for the month of September is Janet Leroy whose topic will be called “No Longer in Hiding”. It is a story of an unresolved suicide loss.

Janet grew up in a family that suffered a hidden loss, and this interfered with a healthy family interaction.  ‘No Longer in Hiding’ is Janet’s story about the need for disclosure and support regarding this loss.  Disenfranchised grief occurs when a person’s death is undermined by social attitudes and beliefs, as it is deemed taboo to speak to others about the loss. At a time when support is needed, the bereaved face isolation and judgement in these circumstances.  Janet reveals how talking about the family secret, a suicide death, has allowed her to live a fuller, healthier life.  She is grateful for the opportunities the Support and Share programs here at BFO offer, as they have provided Janet with a safe place to speak about her issues surrounding her disenfranchised grief.

Janet is a member of the Ottawa Storytellers. Through storytelling, her goal is to bring stories of grief into public venues so bereavement can be normalized as an everyday part of life. She is a retired Algonquin College Teacher. She teaches Dream Workshops and is a facilitator with Bereaved Families of Ottawa.

The 5 peer groups provided each month include:
Loss of Spouse
Loss of Child
Perinatal Loss
Loss of
Loss by Suicide


The first Tuesday of every month, from 7–9 p.m.  No registration required.
(Sept 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 2)


We ask for a donation of $10/person or $20/family for those who are able to contribute.  Everyone is welcome regardless of ability to pay.  


St Timothy’s Presbyterian Church, lower hall, 2400 Alta Vista Dr., Ottawa

Look for the sign on the side door of the church hall. Inside the church, take 10 steps and you’ll see stairs and an elevator to the lower level.


Parking is available in the parking lot. For those taking public transit, OC Transpo Bus #8 stops in front of the church.


Contact us for more information: (613) 567-4278 or