Our society is only just beginning to appreciate the significant impact that the invisible losses or life changes, that we all experience, have on our physical, emotional and spiritual health. Perinatal loss is unique and often discounted because of the gestational age, size or unannounced dreams and hopes for the future of the parents. To the parents the death is devastating.
Being supportive to a bereaved parent offers them an opportunity to share their experience with someone who has had a similar loss and thus normalize their ever changing and overwhelming emotions, as well as offering hope that they will make it through this.
Your support will enable PBSO to continue offering support services to bereaved parents and their families all over Ontario. It will also help our efforts to educate professionals, to improve the care bereaved parents receive.
PBSO cannot exist without our strong volunteer base. Volunteers are fundamental to every aspect of what we do. Our volunteers provide the experience and training needed frontline at our support groups.
PBSO also needs volunteers to help in planning and delivering special events such our butterfly release and candlelight services. Volunteers are crucial to fundraising (think BINGO!). Our volunteer team also provides the most critical piece in our training seminars – the parent panel – as they share their personal experiences of loss in an effort to better prepare medical professional working with newly bereaved families.
This year, PBSO begins with a new and rigorous volunteer recruitment plan. It is our hope to build upon the many good things our volunteers have achieved so far. Demand for our services is growing and we need families to come back to PBSO after receiving support. We need your time, your energy, your experience and your ideas if we are going to grow forward and ensure that all families can get the support they need in their time of loss. Our PBSO volunteer team does great things. Help us help others!