After-loss professionals assist individuals and families deal with the administrative and logistical issues that surface after a death.
The lack of modesty protection in healthcare is a troubling issue; a barrier keeping patients from seeking care and treatment. The lack of modesty protection is especially challenging for individuals who have suffered from sexual assaults and physical disfigurement/deformity. They are not alone; those with strong religious/cultural beliefs relating to modesty, children and teens, individuals transitioning, and those with poor body image and are prone to embarrassment are also challenged. Unfortunately, privacy in healthcare is in short supply and
Immunization guilt, a growing phenomenon of individuals expressing remorse that they got vaccinated, before others they feel are more worthy. Feelings of unworthiness must be countered, as they are healthcare professionals and the vulnerable helping the population towards herd immunity.
Vaccine envy is a new social trend impacting relationships due to feelings of jealousy and resentment that others are getting the vaccine before you. Resentment over administration prioritization, vaccine availability, and long wait times are driving a wedge in relationships. Where’s my vaccine?
Hope is individual optimism, keeps us getting up in the morning, caring for ourselves and others. Hope is vital to survival, despite hardship, we anticipate a brighter outcome. Resilient individuals tend to hope more; they anticipate current challenges becoming lighter, and looking forward to the return of “brightness.”
Solo agers and elder orphans can’t afford to delay planning for aging. To ensure that their preferences and wishes are honored, they need to be proactive. Engaging a team of professionals to address Advance Directive, social engagement, aging in place, and in determining financial resources for the plan is vital.
Anticipatory grief, the set of feelings associated with an impending loss. Anticipatory grief occurs when a death is expected, but before it actually happens. It helps caregiver, family members, and friends prepare emotionally for the pending loss. Culture and religion can influence how individuals address anticipatory grief.
Getting your flu vaccine is more important than ever this year. This is especially true for caregivers whose loved ones depend on them. Flu vaccine can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, hospitalizations and been shown to be life-saving. This is a very important step that you can take to decrease the chance of getting the flu, especially since COVID-19 is another risk factor.
One’s grief journey is unique and personal. Your sense of loss is impact by a variety of factors, and no two losses will be grieved in the same way. One does not have to navigate grief alone; there are resources and supports to get through the process. Stay connected! Take advantage of assistance and resources, to help you manage the pain on your grief journey.
The award winning and captivating words of Pittsburgh’s Gerald Stern poem “Lucky Life”, serve as a balm for caregivers. Stern reminds us that life is made up of so many different feelings and memories. Caregivers can find relief from stress through his words!
Staying healthy is vital; don’t delay getting time-sensitive medical care, or ignore a sudden change in condition. Addressing changes in medical conditions early and promptly responding to a medical emergency improves your outcome. This is especially important if you are the caregiver, and your loved one is depending on you. Look after both your mental and physical health; be sure to do something nice for yourself each day.