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Don’t be afraid to tackle the mental health issues associated with grief

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The publication e-Hospice International reports that the Rev. Sue Wintz of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network has shared in The Huffington Post her own personal experience of how to recognize and respect the mental health challenges that may be associated with grief.


The Rev. Wintz argues that grief is not something that can be "defeated" through faith, or through any quick-fix. She shares her own personal experience of the sudden death of her daughter, saying that 10 years later, she still grieves for her child. 

"Grief is a journey and an event that affects our lives forever," says the Rev. Wintz. "It does not mean we cannot continue to participate in life and find joy, but the reality is that after a loved one's death we look at life through a different lens."

It is important, particularly for professionals who work with grieving people, to be educated about and aware of the signs of grief-related mental illness in order to be able to offer appropriate support and advice through these times. 

She says: "There are times when grief's accompanying depression, anxiety, emotional and spiritual distress becomes too difficult for the bereaved person to bear. That's when the right resources need to be activated. Families, friends, and co-workers need a basic knowledge of grief in order to normalize the bereaved person's experience and provide them support. We also need to understand when a bereaved person needs additional mental health support when the trauma becomes difficult to manage."

The Rev. Wintz is facilitating a new online course, Mental Health Fundamentals for Spiritual Care Providersoffered by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and the California State University Institute for Palliative Care.

 

Read the full article at The Huffington Post and learn more about this important course and how to register here.

 

 

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