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Grief Conference

Becoming a Peer Grief Helper


  • The foundation for peer support is meaningful connections with others who are able to share in a safe, mutually helpful way about the effects fatalities are having on you.
  • In interactions with peers, intentionally employ the five core actions — promoting safety, calm, connectedness, hope, and self-efficacy (personal empowerment) — that research shows are helpful.
  • Helping each other cope with the grief, trauma, and distress from being exposed to fatalities is one of best ways there is to become skilled in employing trauma-informed practices.
  • Invite grief to be in the foreground and make space for it by focusing on the concepts and topics to the five key practices for providing grief support.
  • Consider helping another colleague — as they help you — by sharing the valuable task of creating a personalized Emergency Self-Care Worksheet.


Intentional Peer Support

Friendship Bench Zimbabwe

This Toolkit is a guide to managing and facilitating a Virtual
Peer Grief Support Group.