Helping Our Peers by Providing Empathy (HOPE)

From: National Defence

The HOPE Program provides confidential peer support by volunteers to military members and families who have lost a loved one who was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, active or retired, Regular or Reserve Force. The loss may have occurred during military service or due to any other cause.


Leaving behind a loved one can be very difficult. Even though family, friends, and professional counsellors are available for support, many bereaved individuals would also like to speak with someone who can share similar experiences. In many cases, talking with a trained peer can help with the grieving process. HOPE is an additional program that goes along with other traditional bereavement services. Trained volunteers, who have experienced similar losses, provide support and act as positive role models to help you through your grief and recovery journey. Peers can offer a unique perspective, share experiences and provide hope.

Becoming a volunteer

The first role of a peer is to listen and support you on your grief journey. Peers have been there and they respect the family’s situation and privacy. They have received training and are trusted to keep conversations confidential. To train as a peer volunteer and become a ray of hope through someone’s journey through grief, contact HOPE.

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