Virtual Support Terms and Conditions
Virtual support rules and restrictions apply.
A minimum of two groups will be offered monthly.
You understand and agree that HealGrief and/or it’s agent(s) reserve the right to reschedule groups for any reason including illness, the minimum group attendance is not met, participant does not comply with the rules of engagement; and remove group members if participant does not comply with the rules of engagement.
These are NOT advice-giving groups or therapy groups.
Groups begin and end on time.
These groups are for the purpose of sharing and connecting.
GROUP GUIDELINES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Share Airtime – Keep in mind that there are many others attending the group. We have one hour and a half for those attending to share with one another about their grief experience. The facilitator will work to ensure that all who want to share have that opportunity. Please monitor yourself, sharing as much as you want, but considering that others may want time to share as well.
Share from Your Own Perspective – Sometimes when others share their struggles, we might want to give them advice as to what they should do. We ask that you avoid giving advice. Rather, share from your own experience and perspective. Everyone’s grief is unique, as are many of our experiences in life. We might come from different backgrounds, cultures, religious perspectives, or life experiences. It is best when support groups provide a setting where individuals can hear about one another’s experiences and be allowed the space to develop their own ideas for what works for them.
Be Respectful of Others – As already mentioned we all come from different experiences. You do not have to agree what others are saying in the group, but we ask that you be respectful as individuals share from their own experience and perspective. Being heard and affirmed by others is an important component of a healthy support group meeting.
The “I Pass” Rule– This rule allows individuals participating in the group to “pass” should they be asked a question. This includes the opening “go around” and any closing discussions that might take place. Many people find support in listening to others and/or might need time to become comfortable sharing. We want to allow this flexibility so people of all types of personalities and comfort levels might be able to participate in the group.
Confidentiality – Trust is an important component to a healthy group. Because of this, we ask that those attending the group hold confidential the things shared in group by others. While we cannot guarantee confidentiality (this is up to each person attending to not share what is discussed in the group outside of the group). It is strongly encouraged. If a facilitator becomes aware that confidentiality is broken by a group member, that person will no longer be able to participate in the group. Facilitators will also keep what is said in group confidential, with the following exceptions; Threats of suicide or self-harm; Threats of seriously harming another person.In the above situations, your emergency contact person will be contacted, as well as appropriate care professionals. Keeping individuals safe is a priority and is more important than keeping confidentiality.
Group Facilitators will use these guidelines to manage the discussions in the group. Facilitators are there to keep the group on task and safeguard a good environment for sharing. Facilitators may “step in” from time to time to ensure this is accomplished.