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Bereavement Peer Support Volunteer

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Help normalize the grieving process for a person struggling to cope with the death of a loved one.

As a Bereavement Peer Support Volunteer you provide a safe, non-judgmental space for the client to share their story and express their feelings. You will provide comfort and support, and assist the client to find meaning and heal. If needed, you can provide information and strategies they may find useful in learning to live with their loss.

Meetings with your client can take place in their home or in another mutually agreed upon location.

 

COVID-19 Precautions

Most visits are being conducted virtually to protect volunteers and clients.

Some outdoor, in-person, physically distanced visits will begin shortly, but only when both the volunteer and client and/or their family are comfortable with this type of visit.

Volunteers who choose to meet in-person will be provided with training on safety protocols and use of PPE.

 

Skills and Experience

  • You have experienced a significant loss in your own life and are now able to support another
  • Excellent active listener
  • Compassionate and caring
  • Able to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Successful completion of our training course

 

Commitment

Training

24 hours of training, usually offered one afternoon a week for 8 weeks in spring and fall.

Apply online to join the next session.

Ongoing

1 hour per week, typically matched to your client for about 3 months

 

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Clean police records check with vulnerable sector screening
  • Two references

 

Living with Grief: Pat’s and Gail’s Story

Watch as Pat shares her story of learning to live again after the death of her daughter.

 

Should you require accommodation during the application process, please inform Fran Savelson at 289-838-4610 so we can ensure your equal participation.

 

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