You’re Not Alone – Grief Connection

You’re Not Alone – Grief Connection

We all grieve. But we don’t have to do it alone.

Free, ongoing support with a trained volunteer is available.

You’re Not Alone – Grief Connection (YNA) matches grieving adults with trained volunteers who have had a similar grief experience.

Once matched, the grieving participant and trained volunteer meet regularly by telephone for up to a year, if needed. The match is confidential; this is a safe space for the participant to speak openly about what they are experiencing.

Matches are based on common experiences, not geography. This means the volunteer and participant will likely live in different areas of Alberta. The important thing is the connection of the shared grief experience.

What is grief?

Grief is a normal emotion that we all experience. In any year, over 135,000 Albertans will face grief following a death.

Grief can happen anytime, not just after a death. Anticipatory grief happens before death; the time of illness before a death is filled with many losses that we grieve. The losses of health, mobility, normalcy and the loss of potential are all reasons to grieve.

Who can participate?

Albertans facing grief, either before or after a death, are welcome as participants. If you are grieving and need friendly support from a volunteer who has been there, please apply online or by calling 403 206 9938.

We all grieve. But we don’t have to do it alone.

Free, ongoing support with a trained volunteer is available.

You’re Not Alone – Grief Connection (YNA) matches you with a trained volunteer who has had a similar grief experience.

Once matched, you and your volunteer will meet regularly by telephone for up to a year, if needed. The match is confidential; this is a safe space to speak openly about what you are experiencing.

Grief is a normal response to any type of loss. You may even feel grief before a loss has happened, like after receiving a life-limiting diagnosis for yourself or a loved one. YNA is for anybody who is experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one, whether from illness, accident, suicide or overdose.

Please note: YNA is not professional counseling. YNA is not a crisis service and does not have a 24/7 response.

Ready for Friendly Support from Somebody Who Understands?

Complete the form and the YNA volunteer coordinator will be in touch soon for a chat about how AHPCA can help.

Want to provide support?
YNA is not professional counselling. YNA is not a crisis service and does not have a 24/7 response.

If you need immediate help, please call:

Distress Line (CMHA) Edmonton Region:

  • Toll free Northern Alberta: 1-800-232-7288 / Crisis 24 hours Edmonton: 780-482-HELP (4357)

Distress Centre Calgary:

  • Main Crisis Line: (403) 266-HELP (4357)

Distress Line of Southwestern Alberta:

  • Toll Free: 1-888-787-2880 / Crisis 24 hours for Lethbridge and area 403-327-7905

Crisis Line for Fort McMurray and Northeastern Alberta:

  • 24 hour Crisis Line: 780-743-HELP (4357) / 1-800-565-3801

When grief finds us, we can choose to find each other.

Volunteer to support a person in grief.

You’re Not Alone – Grief Connection (YNA) trains you as a volunteer and then matches you with a grieving participant going through a similar grief experience to yours.

Once matched, you and your participant will meet regularly by telephone for up to a year, if needed. The match is confidential; you are providing a safe space for the participant to speak openly about what they are experiencing.

Can you answer “yes” to these questions?
  • Have you experienced a personal loss and are now ready to support others going through this journey?
  • Can you listen without counseling or advising?
  • Are you aware of personal boundaries?
  • Can you maintain confidentiality?
  • Are you non-judgmental and empathetic?
  • Are you willing to ask for help if you have questions or concerns?

If you’ve answered yes, we are looking for somebody just like you!

Other requirements:
  • Good oral and written English skills
  • Over the age of 18
  • A police reference check
  • Two references
  • Ability to attend training and orientation (via Zoom)
  • Willing to commit to a weekly telephone call with the participant
  • Because of the training involved, we would like all mentors to commit to one year with the program

Why should you volunteer?

  • Flexible schedule
  • Volunteer from home
  • Full volunteer training and ongoing support for volunteers is provided
  • Know you are making a difference in the life of someone who is grieving

 

Interested in giving friendly support to somebody in grief? Complete the form and the YNA volunteer coordinator will be in touch soon.

YNA Volunteer Intake Form

Volunteer Page