Are you interested in helping facilitate a workshop on grief at our May 2022 conference? Sign up here.
Grief is both a personal and professional phenomenon that significantly impacts those working in the healthcare professions in particular ways – there is sometimes a dissonance between what we feel when faced with loss and what we are expected to feel by the nature of one’s role or workplace boundaries.
And yet, feeling grief and experiencing trauma are part of what makes us human, and having tools to comprehend and express the nuances of such feelings can potentially alleviate the risk of burnout and even create meaningful connections with patients, their families, and colleagues.
Kat Hurley, LMSW, APHSW-C, a palliative care social worker, has been exploring ways to address different types of grief, how and why we experience it, and strategies for navigating potential feelings of helplessness and compassion fatigue through workshops that include meditation, reflection prompts, and other techniques.
As part of the 2021-2022 GHHS International Initiative, Healing the Heart of Healthcare: Reimagining How We Listen, Connect, and Collaborate, that will culminate in a conference in spring 2022, we are exploring a possible session to address grief and resilience. As part of this session, GHHS members and the larger Gold community will be invited to participate in an interactive workshop where participants in small, intimate groups will be prompted by a facilitator to reflect, write, and share individual reflections and discover personally useful coping tools they can draw on in the future.
If you are interested in collaborating with Kat Hurley to create the session or serve as a facilitator, please complete the below form.