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Bereavement Peer Support Volunteer

We are not currently accepting applications. Please check back at the end of June. If you are looking to start your volunteer journey with Acclaim Health sooner, we are currently accepting applications for Friendly Visiting and Memory Visiting.

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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.

 

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

 

COVID-19 Precautions

Volunteers will be provided with training on safety protocols and the use of PPE. All volunteers and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask and follow all government-mandated protocols when visiting clients.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Clean police records check with vulnerable sector screening
  • Two references
  • All Acclaim Health staff and volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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 Anooshay Maqsood at 905-827-8800 ext. 2324 so we can ensure your equal participation.

 

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Volunteering Stories

A Journey with Grief

"I couldn't talk, I couldn't socialize with anyone, and this program has allowed me to be where I am today". Joanne's daughter Jenny was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of twenty and told she had an approximate two-year survival rate. Although very upset, Jenny made the mental decision to live her best…

Bonnie smiling

Keeping My Independence

“Having that lifeline of just talking to someone that seems to understand what you’re dealing with makes a huge difference.”   Remaining active is vital at any age, but not everyone has access to community-based programs that can keep them moving. For people like Bonnie, who is partially paralyzed on her right side and living…

Carolyn and Ray’s Story – Caregiver Support

“Although everyone’s story is slightly different, they get it. They understand the feelings and understand what is happening with your loved one.” A dementia diagnosis doesn’t just impact one person. It changes the lives of many, as a family navigates what their life will be like now that a loved one is living with dementia.…

Contact us to learn more.
905-827-8800 or 1-800-387-7127

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