is to train local community-based peer counselors who know the culture and who will remain after a natural disaster to provide ongoing grief support.
Global Grief Support, Inc. was formed as a not-for-profit corporation in 2016 after more than ten years operating as a mission to provide culturally -appropriate peer group grief support training in areas impacted by natural disasters.
The model of peer support training actually began in the year 2000 when Chaplain Dale Young, then Director of Congregational Health at Baptist Health South Florida, together with Dr. Teddy Tarr of Crossroads Counseling Center of Miami, began a program of training facilitators of grief support groups in faith communities of all denominations in the Miami area.
The multi-cultural training model is evidence-based, professional and open to all faith groups. Between 2001 and 2016, over 60 grief support groups were formed in three counties: Miami-Dade, Monroe and Broward. As the program evolved, we added specialized training in "understanding children's grief" and "coping with complicated mourning due to violence."