Individual Support Volunteers
As a Bereavement Peer Support Volunteer you provide a safe, non-judgmental space for the griever 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.
You would provide the service either via Telephone Support or through in person at the SOLS office or at another 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
- Able to clear vulnerable sector criminal record check
- Successful completion of our training course
- Help normalize the grieving process for a person struggling to cope with the death of a loved one
- Completion of SOLS Training course: 7 weekly sessions 2 ½-3 hours long
- Monthly professionally lead group supervision/debriefing session (usually via ZOOM and 2 hours long)
- 1-2 additional training/educational workshops per year
- Min 2 hours per week volunteer time with griever (s)
- One year volunteer comittment