Compassionate care for others begins with ourselves.
VCU Health team members found that developing strategies for coping with their own grief from the pandemic helped them be more effective providers for the patients and families they serve.
National Grief Awareness Day takes place every year on Aug. 30. It’s a day dedicated to the different ways individuals cope with loss while offering resources and support to those who are grieving. Whether someone is struggling with the loss of a loved one or undergoing significant life changes, Grief Awareness Day has shown that grief affects every person in its own distinct manner.
But what happens when grief affects those who dedicate their lives to providing support and care for others? A group of VCU Health team members has learned to face their own experiences with grief in hopes of becoming stronger, more effective providers for the patients and families they serve.