Trained bereavement volunteer facilitators are the heart of our program. Many of our volunteers have advanced degrees in social services, nursing, education or psychology.
Our staff and volunteers work closely with children, teens and their parents/caregivers to create a supportive environment where sharing feelings and concerns help participants move through the healing process. A training program is required for new volunteers to attain the skills, knowledge and techniques to work with the groups.
Ongoing skill building workshops are offered throughout the year.
“Being able to work with pre-teens, who are trying to figure out life while navigating the messy waters of death, is not only rewarding but also important to my own grieving process. While saddened that they have to deal with such circumstances, I am glad that I can be there to listen and to help them process their emotions.”
“I find that through the process of helping others, I help myself. I feel that I can relate better to the parents and children if they know I have walked in their shoes.”