hopeWhat does it mean to become a Peer Facilitator, a “HOPE REPRESENTATIVE?”

Peer Facilitators are unique among all other providers of health care because:

  • They possess the “lived experience”
  • They have, openly and without shame, begun their journey to heal
  • They model an openness that encourages others to share their journeys
  • They help participants to move forward from the feelings of loss and longing, allowing them to go on living without their loved one, while holding the memory of that person in their hearts.

Comments from those who have gone through the training to become Peer Facilitators:

  • “Thank you for teaching and inspiring me to become a “Hope Representative!” Your vision, persistence, and the gift of your experience was excellent. F.G.
  • “The training was heartwarming, uplifting, thorough, intense and enlightening. I will miss these sessions.” C.S.
  • “The importance of the story, the importance of listening to the story, the bonding that forms from sharing the story.” J.O.
  • “On a scale of 1-10 this was a 100! Each week brought new material, Patty is so inspiring and I loved the experiencial exercises. It made me realize I’m still growing in this world of grief. All 8 weeks of training were excellent.” H.C.
  • “It was a wonderful experience. I got a lot out of each week and learned so much more about myself. I look forward to facilitating a peer support group.” P.G.

“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.” — Thich Nhat Hanh