Caregivers, pre-bereavement

A (Possible) Way Forward with Hospice Caregivers during Pre-Bereavement

Mary: I got my mom back for a bit. I got to enjoy the music with her…She was there, she was here and I could see her again happy, joyful, and singing. Which is what she did all the time doing the dishes, doing the laundry, vacuuming, and whatever she was singing and she loved it and there she was my mom was back. Little snippets of seeing her it was awesome and it did a lot for me because I got to have her for a few minutes again, it really did a lot.

June: As I look back, [music therapy] kind of became paramount in the whole thing. Like, I think of that more than most of the other things because it was such a part of her and such a part of me really too. And it was such a pleasant part that even with all the difficulty at the end and everything I could still hear the music, I could still see her face even without looking at the video. This was all imprinted in my mind. And it’s like, kind of like a happy ending…it’s such a pleasant memory.

There is certainly great excitement to be found in the “new” – something unexpected is alluring, even sexy, and can dominate our internal news tickertape – but my favorite research is the kind that offers evidence for the obvious. I’m not referring to confirmation bias, the active hunting for information backing up your pre-dispositions; rather, I’m speaking to that point of contact between evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence, where systematic examination of a phenomenon and clinical experience with a phenomenon interact to provide a comprehensive, holistic illustration.

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Caregivers, Countertransference

I Never Met Her: Holding the Space for the Caregiver

We are very pleased to publish this guest post from Leah Oswanski, MA, LPC, MT-BC about her outpatient work with caregivers of individuals with cancer. Leah offers us insight into her clinical practice in addition to the personal and professional processes that informed the work. It is a powerful reflection on that intersection of personal and professional experiences that are unavoidable and, when utilized mindfully, deeply enrich the therapeutic experience for both therapist and client. Please feel free to share any thoughts or reflections of your own in the comments section, and thank you as always for being a part of this community.

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