Our first Volunteer Facilitator Training of 2017 is officially complete! Facilitators are the volunteers who lead the activities and discussions that take place in our grief support groups. A total of 19 facilitators completed this spring training session and we just can’t wait to see how our new additions enhance our already-stellar volunteer groups!
Our 22 hour facilitator training covers many topics, but one of the most important things that we teach is how to “companion” someone on their grief journey. That may not be a phrase you hear every day, but when you stop to think about it, it makes perfect sense.
What does it mean to be a Companion?
Companioning means to be present to someone else’s pain,
instead of trying to take it away.
Companioning means honoring the griever’s spirit,
rather than focusing on intellect.
Companioning means listening without judgement.
Companioning means walking alongside someone,
in place of leading or being led.
Companioning is all of these things, and so much more. The Companioning Philosophy was created by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, one of the most recognized experts on bereavement. You can read more about Dr. Wolfelt and Companioning the Bereaved at www.centerforloss.com.
Are you interested volunteering at The WARM Place? Click here to find out more about our volunteer roles and needs. If becoming a companion at The WARM Place is something that interests you, please reach out to me at email@example.com or at 817-870-2272 ext. 24. Our next Facilitator Training is in September 2017 and we would love to have you join us!