Grief Corps

Supporting the Covid Bereaved

Participants

Hello and welcome to the Grief Corps. If you would like to participate in a 6-week Online bereavement Support Group then please click below for a brief video describing the group and what you can expect

Introductory Video

Meet your Counsellors – this link will take you to a page where you can see many of our volunteer mental health professionals

Please Click on the box below to view a time table of support group times.

View Table of Support Group Times
All services are completely free of charge and you may wish to donate an amount to cover therapist expenses such as a pro zoom account, web design etc.




Facilitators

This page is devoted to helping you to set up Short-term Online Bereavement Support Groups to help cope with the Covid 19 Pandemic, thank you for your willingness to volunteer at this time. Volunteers should have experience working with the bereaved and with group facilitation. You will likely be exposed to traumatic stories as people share their grief so please ensure that you have strategies for self-care and supports in place.

Getting Started

I would like to thank you for your interest in this volunteer-driven initiative. There are a number of videos that I have made to support this work. Here is the Introduction and Overview

If you know of someone who may be willing to help please send them the Request for Volunteers Video” here

Signing Up – Facilitators

If, after reviewing this page you would like to make yourself available to volunteer please click one of the dates below. The link will take you to a Doodle Poll where you can indicate the best time for you to be available during the week.

Click here to access the Video outlining the 6-Week Program. The accompanying text is at the link below.

Structure of the 6-Week Groups – Click Here

Our personal losses and coping A brief checklist for facilitators (that may also be shared with participants) for self-reflection

Resources

There are a number of articles here that may be helpful.

Click to open the Facilitator Manual which covers:

  • Grief defined
  • The goal of grief work
  • Common myths about grief
  • The language of loss,
  • Signs and Symptoms of Grief
  • Grief as a Journey
  • Worden’s Tasks of Mourning
  • Bowlby’s Phases
  • Common Avoidance Patterns
  • Use of Medication
  • Interventions
  • Working with Bereaved Individuals
  • Grief Group Facilitation
  • Goals in providing bereavement support
  • Ways to Facilitate Mourning
  • Tools for The Work
  • Complex Grief
  • Challenges for The Facilitator
  • Working with Multiple Loss
  • Secondary losses
  • Stressors of Working with the Bereaved
  • Death-Related Stressors

Elements of Active Listening


Journey of Covid Loss from Shock to reinventing oneself. This visual depiction affords people a sense of being on grief journey.


Covid Loss as Trauma – Article


COVID-19 Grief and Trauma: Applying Compassion-Focused Therapy Principles (pdf)


Intangible losses from Covid 19 that impact on the self – A one page visual exploration


How to facilitate a debriefing when death occurs in a team An article about when the death occurs in the context of a team (first responders/community agency/health professionals etc.) and is of a team member or service user


Facilitated Bereavement with Agency Teams A companion article with more in-depth considerations


The impact of Loss on the Hierarchy of Needs and the importance of Functional Balance, a 2-Page visual shows the


Conceptual Frameworks for Responding to Suffering A brief, one page list


Elements of Ritual Rituals may help grieving individuals. You may wish to encourage participants to create their own rituals or co-create one as a group.

IFS (Internal Family Systems) Specific Grief Resources

Videos

Self-Led Grieving” in Video Format and as a podcast Audio Podcast

IFS, Grief and Loss Pt. 1“; “IFS Grief and Loss Pt. 2

Articles

Self-Led Grieving: Transitions, Loss and Death” Published in Innovations and Elaborations in Internal Family Systems Therapy, Martha Sweezy and Ellen Ziskind, ed. Routledge

Grief and IFS: Mapping the Terrain” Unpublished article