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Grief companion/befriender

Have you have been thinking about volunteering for TCF and in particular, about how you could reach out to support other bereaved parents? If so, we would encourage you to consider the Grief Companion role which would make a positive difference to a more newly bereaved parent.

As a Grief Companion you would be befriending a more recently bereaved parent by providing informal support and friendship to them in the early months following the death of their child. We are looking for bereaved parents who are at least 3/4 years bereaved, are feeling more ‘resilient’ around your own loss and who wish to offer support, reassurance and understanding to another more newly bereaved parent. A befriender can be such an important way for parents to access peer support especially in the early months and years of grief and particularly where there is no face-to-face local support or group in their area.

TCF's Grief Companion scheme initially began as a pilot project; but several matches have now been made with parents benefiting from this one-to-one contact and peer support. As a Grief Companion, you will use your own experience and ways of coping with your loss to be alongside another bereaved parent supporting with regular telephone and/or email contact.

If you have

  • good listening and communication skills
  • are non-judgemental in approach and respectful of others beliefs and opinions
  • are consistent,dependable, resilient, and
  • able to maintain confidentiality

we would love to hear from you.

Our Grief Companion coordinator will offer you guidance in your role as a befriender and will be on hand to advise and support where required. Read our Guidelines for Grief Companions to understand more about this volunteering role.

If you feel you would like to offer support through TCF in this way, please contact our Grief Companion Coordinator Joy at tcfcompanions@gmail.com to find out more or alternatively, complete the online application form below. The questions we ask you about your own loss, including asking for brief details about how your child/children have died, will assist us in finding the best match possible with a more newly bereaved parent.

When a match is made we ask all our Grief Companions to complete a Disclosure Barring Certificate (DBS) check as you will be supporting grieving (vulnerable) adults.

If you would like to apply to be a volunteer Grief Companion for another more newly bereaved parent please complete this online form with as much information as you can give us. This helps us to find a suitable parent for you to befriend.

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