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Bereavement Support Services

Community-Based Bereavement Services

Peer Contact Programs

Peer Contact Programs

SIDS families often find the services of a peer contact comforting. A peer contact is a parent, foster parent, grandparent, other relative or child care provider who has experienced the death of an infant due to a sudden unexplained death. Peer contacts are volunteers who give their time to contact grieving family members and offer support.

A peer contact has good active listening and coping skills, empathy and compassion and a non-judgmental attitude. Peer contacts provide support through telephone calls, written notes and e-mails. The purpose of peer contact programs is to provide insight, hope, information and objectivity to grieving families through someone who has had a similar loss.