When: November 12 – 13, 2016
7:30AM – 4:30PM
Where: Community Commons, St. Peters, MO
What is The Caring Companion Workshop?
The Caring Companion is a two-day training seminar designed to educate and prepare a parent volunteer in providing peer support to a family experiencing the loss of a baby. A Companion is a parent who has also experienced the loss of a baby and who wishes to guide and support a newly bereaved family through their journey, from the hospital bedside through the grieving process. This workshop will provide a Companion with the education and hands-on skills to work with families who have experienced the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life.
Through this workshop, the Companion will explore the unique grief process of bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents following a perinatal loss. Alongside Share staff and educators, a Companion will examine the Rights of the Parents and Rights of the Baby, and the important role one has in memory making at this tragic time. Hands-on skills for memory making are included in the workshop. These topics are geared towards the development of caregiving in a knowledgeable and empathetic manner. Special focus will also be given to providing aftercare support: tending to a family beyond the hospital and proving guidance through the days and months that follow their loss.
Who Should Attend?
This workshop is intended for bereaved parents who wish to work at the bedside with newly bereaved parents. If you are interested in offering this type of peer support, volunteering your time and experience with families who are grieving the loss of their baby, please consider attending The Caring Companion Workshop. Please be aware that to be a Companion, your personal loss must have occurred at least 18 months prior to attending this training.
The training will be held at Spencer Road Community Commons (427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376). While there are many hotels in the area to choose from, we recommend the following:
Drury Inn St. Peters
170 Mid Rivers Mall Circle
St. Peters, MO, 63376
St. Peters is consistently rated one of the “100 Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine. We believe its also one of the best places to visit. At the Drury Inn & Suites in St. Peters, you can enjoy everything St. Louis has to offer, as well as our comfortable rooms, award-winning service, indoor pool & whirlpool and many free extras.
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
3877 Veterans Memorial Pkwy
St Peters, MO 63376
At the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, St. Peters, MO, guests enjoy fresh, contemporary decor, amenities like free high-speed Internet access and a convenient location close to both St. Charles and St. Louis. Stop by Bass Pro Shop, just five miles away, or hike and bike in nearby Frontier Park for some outdoor excitement. Whether you’re in town for business or leisure, you’ll appreciate being just 12 miles from Lambert St. Louis International Airport. On site, enjoy amenities such as a business center, a fitness center and a gorgeous indoor pool.
You will need to arrange for transportation (rental car, taxi) from Lambert St. Louis International Airport to your hotel.
Each Registrant: $350, Group (2 or more) registration: $300 each
Fees include all workshop materials, snacks, and lunch.
How Can I Register?
To register, click here or call the National Share
office at (636) 947-6164.
Mission of Share
While Share’s primary purpose is to provide support to grieving parents at the time of and/or following the death of a baby, the secondary purpose is to provide information, education and resources on the needs and rights of bereaved parents and siblings.