Caring Companion Training

The Caring Companion is a one-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, worked through their grief and now wishes to guide and support a newly bereaved family through their journey, from the hospital bedside through the grieving process. This workshop will help a Companion work with other families who have experienced the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life.

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. The Companion program empowers a parent Companion to share their story and honor their baby, while providing peer support and promoting hope and healing.

Through this workshop, the Companion will explore the unique grief process of bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents following a perinatal loss. Alongside Share educators, a Companion will examine the Rights of the Parents and Rights of the Baby, and the important role one has in ongoing support during this tragic time. These topics are geared towards the development of caregiving in a knowledgeable and empathetic manner.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for bereaved parents or grandparents who wish to work 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.

Next Scheduled Training

There are no scheduled trainings at this time. Please check back for updates or contact the office for questions

 

Questions? Contact Patti Budnik at pbudnik@nationalshare.org or 636-947-6164.