LifeNet Health’s Grief Companion® Program was established to pair our donor families who are seeking emotional support and encouragement through their grief journey with other donor families who have walked their own journey. They understand the unique experience of grief, and support others as they mourn. Our program is designed to provide a safe environment for grieving, free of judgment with an understanding companion they can trust.
Your Grief Companion will be an empathetic listener who will allow you to share stories, cry and help you to cope with the upcoming “anniversaries” and holidays as they answer questions such as “is it normal to…?” He or she can share advice and offer comforting words borne from his or her own experience.
Your Grief Companion is a volunteer who wants to “give back” some of what they have received from others. Some have even had Grief Companions themselves. They are there when you need them.
Some relationships interact frequently by phone, email or Facebook. Some communicate only occasionally or on an as-needed basis. Your grief journey is your own, and the purpose of this program is to provide you with support how and when you need it most. Since the Companion Program’s inception in 2006, LifeNet Health Donor Family Services has trained and certified 60 donor family volunteers as Grief Companions and has facilitated more than 150 companion partnerships. A number of these have blossomed into lasting friendships. When you request a Grief Companion you will speak with a Donor Family Services staff member that will provide a more detailed explanation of how the program works and answer your questions. If you are interested in having a Grief Companion, please contact us and use the heading “I want a Grief Companion”.
IMPORTANT NOTE: A Grief Companion is not a professional counselor, and the Grief Companion Program is not a substitute for professional counseling. If you find yourself not able to function in your life as you would wish to please contact a professional counselor or talk with your doctor or a healthcare professional who can refer you to a licensed grief counselor.
To download the Grief Companion® Program brochure click here.
To learn how to be trained as a certified Grief Companion click here.