Grief Support Volunteers

Grief Support Volunteers are understanding listeners. They know that grief is a normal process that follows the death of a loved one. And, they know that each person’s experience of grief is unique. They may offer guidance through individual peer support or facilitation of weekly grief groups. Some Grief Support Volunteers participate in our annual camp for grieving children.

Our grief support volunteers are:

  • Empathetic, compassionate, non-judgmental, and patient
  • Comfortable with a wide variety of people
  • Skilled at listening and putting others at ease
  • Able to care for their own emotional, physical and spiritual needs, including asking for support when needed
  • Able to receive and give constructive feedback in an open, respectful manner
  • Dependable, flexible, and able to adapt to evolving needs and requirements of clients, program, and agency

All Grief Support Volunteers participate in a comprehensive training that provides the skills and tools needed to support grieving clients. Following the training, Grief Support Volunteers are asked to make the following commitment:

  • Serve as a Grief Support Volunteer for a minimum of one year
  • Serve clients 1-3 hours per week, intermittently throughout the year
  • Attend monthly volunteer support groups and two continuing education trainings annually

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