It feels so good to nourish people in grief.
Our volunteers gain a sense of purpose and self-esteem from being a part of WinterSpring. If you’d like to volunteer with us, please click here to fill out an application.
WinterSpring allows me to see the beauty, empathy and precious resiliency of children travelling their grief path. The children become a family of survivors that are connected through their losses. And yet, WinterSpring’s Children’s Group is joyful, sometimes wild, and often contemplative and deeper than any adult could devise. (Liz Axness, May 2011)
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From Paul Gibson, Volunteer: In 1982, my father died suddenly of a massive heart attack, leaving behind a wife to care for nine children. I was 13. At that time, my mother had limited resources available in Jackson County for bereavement support. She relied on the kindness and knowledge of the church and the community for support and guidance through her grieving process. Our family blindly attempted to navigate through years of grief. Fast forwarding to the present day, I know my path in life has been altered by my inability to understand my grief over the death of my father. This lack of understanding has affected my interaction with not only my mother and siblings, but also my wife and children. The support provided by WinterSpring through their comprehensive grief and loss training and peer bereavement support groups has empowered me to begin the journey to understand my grief and move in a positive direction towards healing. My children have recently lost several very important people in their lives. Because of WinterSpring, I am now confident enough to sit with my children and speak openly about the grief and despair they are feeling. Spending time with the staff and volunteers; combined with the training I have received, has given me the self-confidence to assist other people (through our support line) in providing bereavement literature and resources to cope with the loss of a loved one.
From Matthius Weniger, Volunteer: I am a student from Germany. Volunteering for WinterSpring was one of the best experiences in my life so far. I thought it will be quite a challenge to work in Loss and Grief services in another country, and indeed it was, but through the WinterSpring Training and the wonderful support of the staff, I was well prepared and educated to meet this challenge. I learned different theories about Loss and Grief and also a lot about myself.
Through the trust which was shown to me by the staff, and belief in my abilities, I started to believe in my abilities.
Over the six months I volunteered for WinterSpring I gained more and more self-esteem. It became easier for me to work with grieving people because I found that I could deal with these intense situations and circumstances. It felt good to realize that I can believe in myself and in my abilities. I think to work with grieving people, in my case kids and teens, helps everybody on the way to maturity. Grief is part of everybody´s life, and to realize what grief is about and how do deal with death, helps to understand more and more what life is about.
From Shirley South, former client and Board president: Shirley lost her husband to suicide many years ago and started attending the Suicide Survivors Group, then did the Holiday support group. She now leads that group and works with people one-on–one. She has found many friendships as a result of her volunteer work. She has learned to connect well with others who are grieving and this has improved her quality of life significantly. She is a happy, healthy, functioning person in her life in spite of the deep loss she lives with every day. She attributes her high quality of life to her connection and work with WinterSpring.