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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.

 

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

Upcoming training planned for early 2024

Bereavement Peer Support Training
Dates: 

  • Mondays, 1 pm – 3:30 pm, February 5th to April 22, 2024.
  • There will be no classes on February 19 and April 1st, 2024.

Time: 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Delivery mode: ONLINE via Zoom link
Course duration:  10 weeks

If you have volunteered with Acclaim Health before, please contact Tanya Peche-Hopley for more information at [email protected]

If you have you not volunteered with us before, apply online and we will contact you about available training sessions.

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
  • 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 Tanya Peche-Hopley at 905-827-8800 x2329, so we can ensure your equal participation.

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905-827-8800 or 1-800-387-7127

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