I am a Hospice Social Worker
Many of you may not understand why you need a Social Worker at the end of life. I am here to tell you why you need us! Below is a list of some of the things we do each and every day:
- Provide emotional support throughout the end-of-life journey to individuals and families;
- Provide a thorough psychosocial assessment and collaborate with individuals and families to find ways to navigate complicated circumstances;
- Provide caregiver support and education to reduce risk for caregiver burnout;
- Provide bereavement support to family, friends, and community after a death;
- Assist in locating resources when needed;
- Provide education about end-of-life issues or concerns, with the goal of helping individuals and families know what to expect; and
- Provide care in a non-judgmental manner, demonstrating dignity and respect to each and every person at end of life.
What I want you to know about being a Hospice Social Worker is that death is not necessarily about dying. It is about celebrating and processing the life you’ve lived – the successes and the failures, the good, the bad and the ugly, the happy and the sad, the momentous and the mundane. It’s about living every day until there are no more. It is helping your family and friends find opportunities to live, love, and be present for one another. I am a Hospice Social Worker. For me there is no greater opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those I serve than as someone who has the privilege of helping at the end of someone’s life journey.
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Heidi W., CSWA
Medical Social Services
Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care