The children who attend the Center for Grieving Children are guided along the path of healing by trained facilitators. You can be a part of this journey by volunteering as a trained grief facilitator and experience the fulfillment of helping children find ways to cope with their grief and move towards hope, healing and happiness.
- Facilitators encourage the expression of grief through grief-appropriate play and other activities such as arts, interactive play and painting
- At least 16 years of age and have parental consent if under 18 years of age
- A 25 hour training program (16 hours in person with over one weekend and 9 hours of in-person shadowing) is required in order to work directly with the children followed by experiential training during actual grief groups
- A one year commitment of service is required for one day or evening a week, every other week:
(Jan – May) (August – Dec) Tues and Thurs 5pm- 8pm
- Pre-interview required
- Training course fee of $35.00 (please advise if hardship)
- Must submit to and pass a background screening
- Male & Spanish-speaking grief facilitators are always needed
- Must not have experienced a death in the past year
Definition of Close Family Member or Friend:
For the purposes of this policy, 1-year: waiting period a close family member is defined as a parent, spouse, domestic partner, guardian, child, or sibling,
6 months: waiting period for a grandparent, or family member not listed above (i.e. aunt, uncle or cousin or close personal friend with whom the applicant had a significant and emotionally impactful relationship).