On May 7, 2013 at about 11 pm 3 officers of the Ingersoll detachment of the OPP showed up at my door to inform me that my son, Ben had been found dead in his North Bay apartment. Ben was a student at Nipissing University and died without any warning of a brain aneurysm at the age of 19. My world rocked beneath my feet and over the next month I struggled to understand how this had happened and how I was supposed to go on without my boy. Seeking help, I turned to the internet and found Bereaved Families of Ontario - London. I called them the next morning and went to visit their office the very next day. I was met there with kindness, understanding, tears and most importantly kinship. Losing a child is one of the most devastating things to happen and this group of dedicated parents, volunteers and staff had all experienced this tragedy and survived. At the monthly meetings, we were able to share stories of our children, take strength from the parents who were many years into their grieving and find solace that we are not alone. They offer mother's meetings where we can take comfort from one another, have counselling services and guest speakers. This wonderful non-profit helped to save my soul, restore my faith and overcome my intense sadness. They do all of this unobtrusively, without fanfare or demand for recognition. However, this group deserves recognition for giving parents and siblings back hope and light during the darkest of times.
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