Becoming a Peer Grief Helper
- The foundation for peer support is meaningful connections with others who are able to share in a safe, mutually helpful way about the effects fatalities are having on you.
- In interactions with peers, intentionally employ the five core actions — promoting safety, calm, connectedness, hope, and self-efficacy (personal empowerment) — that research shows are helpful.
- Helping each other cope with the grief, trauma, and distress from being exposed to fatalities is one of best ways there is to become skilled in employing trauma-informed practices.
- Invite grief to be in the foreground and make space for it by focusing on the concepts and topics to the five key practices for providing grief support.
- Consider helping another colleague — as they help you — by sharing the valuable task of creating a personalized Emergency Self-Care Worksheet.