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Peer grief support facilitator

For parents grieving the death of an infant

Bereaved Families of Ontario - Midwestern Region

   About the Position

Impact Statement
Your grief experience can bring hope and healing to someone else. All of our programs are facilitated by volunteer facilitators who are themselves bereaved. Hearing experiences, stories and coping strategies from a peer has a profound effect on people who are grieving and helps normalize the grief experience. You get it. You've been there.

We are currently experiencing an urgent need for facilitators for our program for parents grieving the death of an infant. Working with a co-facilitator, peer support volunteers lead our eight-week program and create a safe space for parents (fathers, mothers, biological, adoptive: all are welcome) to connect with other grieving parents, to share stories and to support one another through loss.

All of our groups are facilitated by volunteers who are themselves bereaved, and many of our members find facilitating to be a rewarding way to give back, as well as continue on their own grief journey. If you are a parent who has experienced the death of a baby (during pregnancy 20+ weeks gestation or as an infant) and are ready to support others in their grief journey, we need your help.

Position Qualifications

Ideal for: An Individual
Age: 18+

Training / Work Condtions

Training Details: Along with lived bereavement experience, our facilitator training is mandatory to volunteer as a peer facilitator with BFO-MR.

Training is virtual and takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 on:
* Monday May 31
* Monday June 7
* Tuesday June 8
* Monday June 14

You must attend all four two-hour sessions. Content will focus on facilitating our program for parents grieving the death of an infant and includes:

* BFO-MR group structure, content and process
* Facilitation skills and exercises
* Story sharing
* Boundaries and debriefing

Individuals will complete this training with a strong understanding of peer support, and gain the skills and confidence required to facilitate BFO-MR’s infant loss group. At this time, we will only be training individuals for this peer support facilitator role, not those who would like to take the training for professional development.
Working Conditions: Our programs are currently offered virtually.

Time Commitment

Duration: 1 year or more
Weekday - Evening
Please Note: All applicants must complete an online application form, and will be required to complete an interview prior to taking the training.INFORMATION SESSION:
If you’d like to learn more about our facilitator training program and the role of peer support facilitator for our program for parents grieving the death of an infant, join us for a virtual information session on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Register here:

Other Information
Area(s) of Interest: Caring Support, Conflict / Facilitation, Leadership/Management
Skill(s): Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity, Interpersonal Communication, Facilitation and Training, Decision-Making/Prioritizing, Sensitivity, Empathy
Transportation: NONE Needed

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Carly Kowalik
65 Hanson Avenue Kitchener, N2C 2H6
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