Partner in Grief Program
“Even through the darkness of the situation, there was a marvelous light,” says Phyllis. “Demetrius ultimately helped seven people. He proved that each one can reach one. Why not give the gift of life? God gave you life, so give others life.” LEARN MORE.
When a loved one dies, the most common feeling is a deep sense of being alone. Feelings and experiences can be overwhelming and often family and close friends just “don’t get it.” Well-meaning people in our lives want us to “move on” or “get over it.” Unfortunately, those we often turn to for support are not as helpful as we hoped and we feel misunderstood, which can lead to a sense of isolation, prolonging the grief process.
It is important to be able to express grief to someone who understands. Often those closest to us are also grieving and feel hesitant to share their pain because they want to protect us. As a result, grievers often walk this long journey alone. Lifebanc is committed to supporting you in numerous ways so you do not have to grieve alone. In addition to our individual counseling and support groups, we want you to consider our Partner in Grief Program.
The Partner in Grief Program will pair donor family members with a volunteer who is farther out from their loss. This person will provide emotional support and encouragement on the grief journey. They truly understand because they walked the path themselves. These volunteers not only know grief because they experience it, but because they have been trained extensively by a licensed therapist on issues of grief, bereavement, empathetic listening and psychological impacts of traumatic loss.
Your partner in grief will hold the space for you to share stories, ask questions and talk on hard days and anniversaries. They will share their wisdom, comfort and compassion based on their experience and training. They will be an empathetic listener that can reassure you that the only way out of this experience is to walk through it –and you can walk through it with your partner in grief.
Our program is designed to serve you on a schedule that you set up with your partner in grief. Some may interact by phone, email or Facebook private message. Others may communicate occasionally or on an as needed basis. Your journey is unique and this program is designed to meet you where you are when you need support the most.
To request a Partner in Grief please download and complete the Partner in Grief Agreement. Send the completed agreement to Lifebanc Bereavement Services Department at 4775 Richmond Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44128. You may also email Bereavement@lifebanc.org, or call 216.820.4940 to request a Partner in Grief. The Director will be in touch with you and give you the name of your partner, once a signed agreement is received.