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Facilitator Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Mourning Hope Grief Center! We are so grateful that you want to support children, teens, young adults and families who are grieving the death of someone significant in their lives. Together, we can provide the opportunity of new hope for those who mourn.

  • Volunteers who would like to facilitate any type of grief support group at Mourning Hope are required to attend our training sessions, and are asked to make a one-year commitment.
    • This commitment helps create continuity for the participants in our groups. Consistency is an essential piece for those on their grief journey.
      • Our 10-week grief support group requires 3 hours once a week for 11 consecutive weeks (including one pre-group planning session.)
      • Our 6-week grief support group requires 3 hours once a week for 7 consecutive weeks (including one pre-group planning session.)
      • One-day grief support events typically average a 4-6 hour commitment.
  • If you have personally experienced a death in the last year, please discuss this with our Grief Support Director before applying. Volunteering at Mourning Hope can be an intense experience for those who are grieving a recent loss.
  • Completion of the Volunteer Facilitator Training is not a guarantee that you will be approved as a facilitator.
  • If you are approved as a facilitator, you will work with an experienced facilitator in your first two support groups.
  • Mourning Hope strives to provide a safe environment for youth, caregivers, volunteers, contractors, staff and board members. Their security and safety is fundamental to the mission and purpose of Mourning Hope. Volunteers are required to complete a Background Check Disclosure Authorization and Release Form prior to any interaction with Mourning Hope participants. The $50 Volunteer Facilitator Training Registration Fee is applied to the cost of the background check.
  • Volunteer applications are accepted throughout the year.
  • Volunteer facilitators must be at least 18 years old, and cannot be currently enrolled in high school.
  • If after completing the Volunteer Facilitator Training you decide facilitating is not a good fit, please inquire about other volunteer opportunities at Mourning Hope.

Please complete the Volunteer Facilitator Application below. Once submitted, Amy Lipins, Grief Education Director, will contact you.

First Name *
Last Name *
Address Line 1 *
Address Line 2
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
Cell Phone Number
Place of Employment
Preferred method of contact
Have you had any significant deaths in your life?
(Mourning Hope recommends waiting at least one year after a significant death before volunteering at our Center.)
What are your reasons for applying, and what do you hope to gain personally from this experience?
Describe any previous training/experience you have had related to the grieving process:
Describe any previous training/experience you have had in working with children, teens and adults in any capacity (personal, professional and/or volunteer):
What excites you most about volunteering at Mourning Hope?
What scares you most about volunteering at Mourning Hope?

Please list two (2) personal references:

First Name *
Last Name *
First Name *
Last Name *
How did you learn about this volunteer opportunity at Mourning Hope?
If "Other" please explain:
Please indicate which training you plan to attend:
Please choose one:

Funding agencies often require nonprofit organizations to maintain information related to gender, race, age and income level. The requested information is strictly for the purpose of Mourning Hope's compliance with these record-keeping requirements. Responses will remain anonymous, and are greatly appreciated.

Your Age:
Your Gender:
Your Race:
Number of People in your Household:
Total Household Income:
My Child Receives Free/Reduced Lunch at School:
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