Bereavement counsellor or grief counsellors are qualified healthcare professionals that deals with clients grieving the death of loved ones. Their job is vital in supporting clients overcome their grief and help them integrate back into society and live their day to day lives while dealing with the loss.
If you are a grief counsellor and you are passionate about what you do, there are numerous things you could still do to help your clients cope. What you do is vitally important and you would always have clients or customers to tend to who has various needs that you need to answer.
Look for support groups
One of the extra things you could do for your client is to refer them to a support group that is specific to their grief. For example, you might have a patient that lost a love one from a sickness or a disease. There are support groups for grieving family members coping after the death. Sure, their sessions with you are already quite helpful and at times already sufficient, but talking to someone who experienced the same as they did would make the pain more bearable knowing that someone else has the same ordeal as theirs.
Make time for continuous professional development
A medical profession is a profession of constant studying. Being informed of the latest development and advancement in your field would make you better than your competitors and of course, you would be more than qualified to help your clients since you are aware of the most current methods of counselling the bereaved.
To attend professional development trainings and workshops for grief counselling Sydney has numerous recognized institutions that would be able to provide you with study materials and classes for your professional development. With these trainings and workshops, don’t forget to go to one that deals with the proper medications to help those who are clinically depressed or suffering from anxiety attacks.
Facilitate sessions with the other bereaved
We all deal with grief differently. Some were able to bounce back after a couple of weeks or months while others were still struggling even after years. If you have a patient such as the latter, facilitate a session with the other bereaved to explain to them the situation of your client and that they would need to be more patient with your client who is still coping with the loss.
They could also impart how they are managing on a day-to-day basis or to just inform your client that they understand and that they are there for them. It would help your client a lot to know that the people around them are not pressuring them to get better immediately and that they are understood. With their support and yours, your client might heal faster than they thought possible.
Death is inevitable but it is still something that not all of us are used to. As a bereavement counsellor, you should not forget this fact to be reminded that you need to deal with your clients differently.