Cultivating Resilience: Coping With Grief and Bereavement During COVID-19
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During a pandemic response, healthcare workers are at risk for emotional distress which is a function of the unique challenges of the role (not the individuals in the role!).
The COVID-19 epidemic has lead us to experience significant and cumulative loss. From our own personal loss, to mourning the loss of patients, and mourning our sense of normalcy, we are experiencing ongoing individual and collective grief. The disruptions to our everyday routines can contribute to a sense of uncertainty and powerlessness. Further, our coping resources are under constant strain making it more challenging to cope with loss and bereavement through our traditional rituals and social supports. Thus, it is important to acknowledge our grief, learn ways to adapt and manage it, as well as make meaning from our experiences.
After participating in this educational activity, attendees should be able to:
1. Identify the different types of grief and common reactions.
2. Identify ways to make meaning of both personal and professional losses.
3. Identify two skills or strategies that will help increase their compassion satisfaction.
The goal of this educational program is to increase Baystate team members’ awareness of the various forms of grief and bereavement that may occur both personally and professionally during a pandemic. Participants will learn ways to cope and process their grief by increasing compassion satisfaction, creating meaning, honoring those lost, and engaging in new social supports.
Baystate Health Department of Psychiatry and Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education
Deidre Hussey, PsyD
Psychologist and Victim Services Supervisor
Family Advocacy Center
Kerri Bergendahl, LICSW
Behavioral Health Clinician
Family Advocacy Center
In support of improving patient care, Baystate Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 1.00 ANCC Contact Hours
- 1.00 APA American Psychological AssociationBaystate Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Baystate Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- 1.00 BCIPE Instructional Hours