Coping with death is something we have to learn to do . . .
When you join the caring professions, whether as a nurse or a doctor, a paramedic, or a police officer, you are going to have to accept that you will come across death in your line of work.
Your roles are some of the most rewarding in the world, and you will gain immense satisfaction working in the caring professions. But dealing with death is something that we have to learn to do. It is not easy, but by supporting each other, we can learn to deal with it and stay positive.
There are many emotional highs and lows in our jobs. When someone
recovers or is rescued from a dangerous position, you will feel on top
of the world. Other days, you will have some terrible lows when someone
dies or is badly injured. You will have to cope with many grieving
relatives and people in shock. It is never easy.
You will find also yourselves grieving from time to time, and many of the pages on this site will be helpful for you in learning how to deal with grief and the emotions of grief, so do explore some of the pages in those sections of the site.
The pages in this section are written primarily with nurses and carers in mind, since that reflects my own experience, but they will be of use to anyone who is facing the death of someone, whether someone they know or a stranger in the course of their daily work. If you are a young person, just starting out in the caring professions, then much of the information in this site will be of use, not only in coping with death yourself, but also in how to help families and other carers in their grief.
I have prepared some pages of advice for nurses working on the wards, including the challenges of the children’s wards, and carers looking after patients in nursing homes or hospices.
Even if you are not in the caring professions, but you have someone in hospital or in a nursing home, feel free to read all of these pages, as they will help you to understand what is happening, and it will all feel far less frightening. Never be afraid to ask questions, however daft they may seem. It is a difficult time for all concerned and everyone needs to pull together and be there for each other.
I wish you all strength and compassion in your journey through life and death.
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