Butterfly Memorial Event 2022

On Sunday, June 12 at 3 pm, the Ottawa community will come together to experience The Butterfly Memorial Event, by BFO-Ottawa. Come in person or tune in virtually to watch the ceremony at Beechwood, Canada's National Cemetery, to remember our loved ones. 

The event begins with a remembrance ceremony in the non-denominational, Sacred Space inside the Beechwood National Memorial Centre. It features music and inspirational speakers. For those who register in advance, your loved one’s photo or name will be displayed on a large screen. After the ceremony, we move outside to share a symbolic release of live painted lady butterflies.

The doors open at 2 p.m. and the virtual ceremony starts at 2:50 p.m. with a commemorative video.

We are thrilled to announce this year’s main speaker is Tina Boileau!

Tina is the proud mother of two. Her son Jonathan, also known as the Butterfly Child in the Ottawa region, was born with Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB) and her daughter Noémy, is a carrier of the gene.


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Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony

Each year in December, BFO Ottawa’s community comes together to remember and honour our loved ones.

On Sunday, December 19, 2021, Beechwood’s Sacred Space was basked in candlelight as we listened to BFO Ottawa’s Board Chair Elaine Dean speak about her journey with grief, followed by the beautiful operatic voice of Chelsea Honeyman who sang ‘Song for a Winter’s Night’.

During the ceremony, everyone lit a candle in memory of their loved ones.

Thank you to our event sponsor, Amica the Glebe, to Beechwood, Canada’s National Cemetery for their ongoing support, and to Nicole Frenette, who was our master of ceremonies.

Visit our YouTube channel to watch the video of the ceremony