Unique Considerations for Grievers Supporting Grievers
Webinar Recorded on June 24, 2021
This webinar is for grief-friends, volunteers, and other helping professionals working to support grieving people while also balancing their own grief experiences and needs.
- Some people are the go-to grief support person in their friend and family group.
- Others find they're able to offer things like support, advice, and hope in the context of a support group.
- Many people decide to help as formal volunteers at organizations like hospices and grief centers.
- Some actually change career paths and become grief counselors and therapists.
In these instances, personal experiences with grief and loss can provide people with valuable insight, compassion, and understanding of what it means to navigate the rough waters of life after loss. However, as grief-support people come into contact with others' grief stories, experiences, and emotions, it's essential to keep things like balance, boundaries, and and the uniqueness of individual grief in mind.
Topics discussed in this webinar include:
- Unique challenges for supporting grieving people when you're grieving yourself
- Determining your boundaries and setting them
- Responses from our grief support survey
- Grief support vs. comfort
- General truths about grief
- Different grief styles
- Finding balance as a griever helping other grievers
See FAQs below for additional details
Frequently Asked Questions
Hello, we are Litsa and Eleanor, the co-founders of the website, What's Your Grief. Thank you for joining our online learning community. We hope some of what you find here will help you understand grief an grief coping a little bit better.
We are what we like to refer to as 'grief friends.' We both have backgrounds in mental health and plenty of experience working in the field of grief and bereavement. But what we ultimately bonded over was our shared experience of losing a parent to cancer in early adulthood. All our webinars and online courses are based on the ideas and information we've found most helpful in our personal grief, and in our daily work with grieving people.
We teach all our webinars and courses, so we should probably tell you, we prefer to talk about grief and loss in realistic and regular ways. If you're looking for transformative butterflies and sympathetic head tilts, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place. Sometimes we're serious, and sometimes we joke, sometimes we're matter of fact, and sometimes we're philosophical. No matter what, though, we believe your experience with grief should always be recognized and respected, not patronized.