First Responders

Recommended Programs and Services

We recognize that the role of First Responders (police, fire fighters, EMTs, chaplains, and others) in our community can be both emotionally and physically exhausting. The following services are offered to help support the grief and the challenges that often accompany these crucial professions.

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Professional Referrals are welcome. Please review our Professional Referral Guidelines

Trainings & Debriefings

Kara offers customized trainings as well as debriefings for those who respond to critical incidents and emergencies.

Peer Grief Support

First Responders may benefit from peer grief support in a one-on-one or group format. Our peer services offer emotional support to those grieving a death and our model is based on mutual respect, empathy, positive regard, non-judgmental behavior, genuineness, acceptance of differences, and intention to be of service. Learn More

Grief Therapy

While our peer support model is appropriate for many, some individuals have circumstances that complicate their grief work, such as multiple losses or stress reactions due to traumatic circumstances. These individuals may benefit from therapy rather than or in addition to Kara's peer support services. Learn More

Kara first responders support
As a police officer we often see the loss, tragedy and grief that people go through. It’s so important to have an organization like Kara that wants to get involved and help our community in this way.

— Local Police Officer