look after yourself

Be prepared for your work to bring up difficult feelings in yourself.

Working in the area of death and dying can be particularly challenging if you have been recently bereaved, or going through a difficult time. Even ‘old’ losses can unexpectedly come back to the surface when we start to explore this area. So, make sure that the time is right for you. And whatever your situation, try to ensure the following things are in place:

  • Awareness that working with this material might raise issues for you personally and that you might need to take some time to process what arises in a way that is helpful to you. Keeping a journal may be helpful here.
  • Enough time to prepare for the event and to process the thoughts and feelings that are likely to be shared with you. It is not a good idea to try to squeeze conversations about death in between other appointments.
  • Resources to sustain you. You may find it helpful to schedule a relaxing activity such as a walk, meditation or something creative for yourself before or after these conversations.
  • Supervision and support. Someone you know and trust to talk things through with and share your feelings.

For more detailed information see the course handbook.


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