For Peer Grief Helpers
- Reflect on what makes peer grief support helpful — and on how your own experience as a bereaved person has prepared you to help others.
- Review the information from SADOD on how to offer help to a bereaved adult, and learn some of the common characteristics of this kind of grief
- Consider using the Structure of Peer Grief Support Groups guidelines from the SADOD facilitator workshop)
- Check out the videos below. They include several of SADOD’s mini-webinars for peer grief support group facilitators, which cover a number of practical topics.
- Study principles and practices such as those found in Lifeline Australia’s practice handbook for support group facilitation. (It focuses on peer support for people bereaved by suicide, but it is a practical and comprehensive guide whose lessons could apply to any grief support group.)
- Think about SAMHSA’s Working Definition of Recovery. (It offers 10 guiding principles of recovery, generally focused on mental-health and substance-use issues, which could provide a framework to guide peer grief support.)