Peer mentors are volunteer widows who are “more experienced” widows (i.e. have been widowed for a period of time) and have made/are making a satisfactory adjustment to their new life. They are prepared to openly discuss, on a one to one basis, problems the newly widowed woman faces. Using their own experience as widows, Peer Mentors offer the newly bereaved widow an opportunity to get support while coping with their grief and as they begin to rebuild their lives.
The Peer Mentor Program is founded on the principle of widows helping widows through a shared experience. Therefore, when we match women who want to be mentored with a mentor, our goal is to match them as closely as possible. It is this shared connection that makes the program work.