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How to End Your Peer Support Circle

Man crossing finish line

The group experience can be an intense and intimate experience for members. So when the last meeting arrives, it’s critical that members have a sense of closure about the experience and a period of time to focus on deciding how to go forward.

There should be some type of celebration among them. Members should select their own form of celebration. Each Circle could decide to do one or a combination of the following activities.

Dedicate time in the final meeting to decide if they want to continue meeting as a Circle. If they want to continue meeting, they should:

  1. Decide a specific number of meetings that they will have in the next round (rather than leaving it open-ended).
  2. Have each person again sign a member agreement to share with each other.

Also, in that final meeting, have each member take time to share about:

  1. What the Circle meant to them overall.
  2. What they learned and how they can apply that learning in life and work.
  3. Their appreciation for how the other Circle members have helped that member.

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