The first time in Canada this stream has been developed to look at grief and bereavement in Canada. Leaders in the field have selected three exciting topics to discuss and learn from one another in small groups.
Friday, June 15, 2018 – Morning Session – 8:30 a.m.
Ambiguous loss is a topic which is gaining new ground as our population ages and because we live longer with life-limiting illnesses. Patients and families experience loss over and over again, sometimes on a daily basis due to chronic diseases. These losses manifest themselves as depression, confusion, preoccupation with the illness and lack of control. The losses are ongoing and exist in everyday living. The persons are continuously accommodating and adjusting. This stream will also look at the aspects of chronic sorrow which is associated with ambiguous loss and leads to grief which largely remains unresolved and on-going.
P.Bos (2002) Ambiguous loss from chronic physical illness: clinical interventions with individuals, couples, and families.
- Learn that loss is a chronic disease and what its ramifications are to your everyday living
- A look at how we deal with these losses on an on-going basis
- Lana Kim McGeary, MA, Spiritual Care Counsellor, West Island Palliative Care Residence
- Suzanne O’Brien, Chair, Hope & Cope, Montreal, Co-Chair, McGill Council on Palliative Care
Friday, June 15, 2018 – Afternoon Session – 1:30 p.m.
Compassionate Communities (Compassionate Cities/Communities, Kellelear, 2005) are a public health approach to supporting individuals and families throughout life transitions (including at the end of life) for issues related to age, disability, illness or bereavement. A new paradigm is emerging that places responsibility back in the community to support people who are affected by dying, death and bereavement. In a Compassionate Community, the needs of all the inhabitants of that community are recognized and met, the well-being of the community as a whole is a priority, and all people and living things are treated with respect.
Educating families, friends and communities about the needs of grieving children builds strong, resilient individuals. Teaching young people about aging and palliative care promotes compassion and understanding; creating “dementia-friendly” communities helps to change attitudes and behaviours towards life, aging, death, and loss through raising awareness and education.
This workshop will explore this exciting new approach and challenge attendees to identify potential gaps in their own communities that might benefit from adopting the principles of a Compassionate Community.
- Understand the principles of compassionate communities
- Identify potential gaps in our own communities and in small groups, explore ways to improve these situations
- Dawn Cruchet, BN, Med, Grief Educator and Counsellor, Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care
Saturday, June 16, 2018 – Morning Session – 8:30 a.m.
Traditionally, palliative care staff have appeared to experience less burnout than those working in other specialisms despite acknowledgment of the stressful nature of working with dying and loss (Ablett & Jones, 2007). This fact has led to studies of hospice culture, the value of grieving rituals and self-care strategies in supporting a healthy and resilient workforce. There is, however, a growing concern that as palliative care service providers extend their reach in an attempt to influence the care of all those facing the end of life (including the ageing and those with any long-term conditions, not just those with cancer) increased workloads and changes to models of care will impact the factors that currently support resilience and ensure staff engagement and longevity.
This workshop will discuss current challenges for staff and managers but will also consider evidence-based approaches adopted to ensure staff health and well-being while maintaining high-quality person-centred care.
Ablett, J.R., and Jones, R.S.P., 2007. Resilience and well‐being in palliative care staff: a qualitative study of hospice nurses’ experience of work. Psycho‐Oncology, 16(8), pp.733-740.
- Identify challenges for staff and managers
- Consider evidence-based approaches to ensure staff health
Zelda Freitas, TS-SW, Maîtrise en travail social-MSW, Spécialiste en activités cliniques-Clinical activities specialist, CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal or Clinical Activities Specialist, Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal (CIUSSS West-Central Montreal), Member, McGill Council on Palliative Care