Our entire team at Home Instead Senior Care (Burnaby and South
Vancouver) had a very informative and interesting session for our
caregiver team on grief counseling, organized in partnership with the
Burnaby Hospice Society. Heartfelt appreciations to Jemma from the
hospice society who took the time to share her expertise with us!
Grief seems to be the dark 'other side of the coin' for all of us engaged
in senior care. To us here at Home Instead Senior Care (Burnaby
and South Vancouver), the satisfaction of making a difference to
families of senior loved ones through our in-home senior care, is immense but we also
know that we can never really escape the looming truth that our clients
are in deteriorating physical and mental health. Sadly, we know that at
some point we’ll have to face the circumstance of their passing away, at
times sooner than expected. And often it is the caregivers who then
bear the raw impact of grief the most when one of their senior care clients is no more. Our caregivers not only have to
struggle with the death of a client they diligently cared for but also
bear the responsibility of continuing care for their other elderly clients who
depend upon them.
We had a
very involved and impassioned discussion between the participants and
Jemma’s insights into understanding grief, breaking it into it’s
components and addressing the unexpected (for e.g. sometimes grief
brings guilt along with it) were central to the caregivers forming a
better understanding around managing grief and keeping their core strong
when the anticipated but unfortunate occurs in the course of executing their duty of in-home care for seniors in the Burnaby and South Vancouver communities.
Thanks again to
Burnaby Hospice Society and we look forward to more meaningful partner
events in the future for the benefit of our Burnaby and South Vancouver
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