One of our Social Workers sent this note to her team, and we asked permission to share it with others. We found it inspiring and incredibly heartfelt.
I know you have been working very hard to meet patient needs and create supportive, caring environments for patients and caregivers. I see the work you do and the benefit to the patient. When someone has the medication they need, the oxygen they need, the warm bath with a tender touch, and other physical needs met, I am provided the opportunity to do the work with them to address emotional issues. I thank you for being so diligent with this.
One of the things I got to do this week was to work with 8 children who are either losing their parent to death or who have already lost a parent. The youngest of these was 7 and the oldest was 17. Of course, each of these kids have their own experience with a loss and have developmentally different understandings of the loss. This is challenging at times, but I get to be creative, and I love that. The child writing on the balloon in the picture chose 6 different balloons and ALL of them were filled up with words for different people she had lost. What I realize in these moments is that no one is alone in their grief, even if you are 9 years old … there are other kids out there who are experiencing grief as well.
THE ONLY WAY I can do my job is because you do your job so well! You take care of these moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts, and children. And you care for them so competently that I get to pick up this side of this and provide care as well.
On this last day of Social Work Month, I want to tell you all THANK YOU for providing us, YOUR SOCIAL WORK TEAM, the opportunity to do the work we get to do.
Sharla P., LSW
Medical Social Services
Heart ‘n Home Home Hospice & Palliative Care