19th Annual Conference
Geneva Park YMCA
Wednesday October 14, 2009 - 9:00 to 4:00
Pre Conference Retreat Day
Theme: Preparing to Nurture the Soul
Most people who are involved in the work of bereavement care say that we “walk” with people
as they journey through the loss of a loved one.
The emotional and physical cost of “walking” with our clients can be very high.
This Pre Conference Retreat day will focus on the cost of caring.
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
The Dalai Lama
Conference Theme: Nurturing The Soul: Life and Loss
Wed. October 14 – 6:00 to 9:30, all day Thursday October 15 and Friday October 16 to 1:30
4 – Plenary Presentations
12 - Workshops
“Every moment and every event of every person’s life on earth
plants something in his or her soul”
Bereavement Ontario Network (BON) is a diverse group of organizations and individuals throughout the
province that work in the field of grief, bereavement, and mourning as professionals and volunteers.
The need for a network was first discussed in 1989 at a bereavement conference in Hamilton. The ideas,
enthusiasm and energy generated during that conference led to a meeting a year later at which a blueprint for
the Bereavement Ontario Network was developed. It does no grief counselling or provide any direct service.
Instead, it fills a distinct void by providing linkages between the various groups, counsellors and bereavement
resources already in place.
Today, the Bereavement Ontario Network provides an opportunity to access, in a reciprocal manner, the
knowledge, experience, wisdom and sensitivity of other members throughout the province. You can use BON to
access this support for your clients, and yourself from across the province.
Membership in the Bereavement Ontario Network is open to individuals, volunteer organizations, small
businesses, and corporations. If your work brings you in contact with the bereaved, BON ca