Self Care for Death Care Professionals
As death care professionals, we are called upon to offer the best of ourselves during the worst times by the families that we serve… but at what cost? Over the years, the number one complaint that I have heard from funeral service professionals can be paraphrased to encompass “I love what I do and I am great at it; but my personal life is suffering for it.”
Having both personal and professional balance is pivotal if we strive to not only provide a service, but have lasting impacts on those who look to us. Because of the selfless nature of our profession, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the problems and challenges that others are experiencing. If we are not careful, we can begin to neglect ourselves, which is the beginning of a very dangerous cycle that has the potential to spiral out of control and negatively affect every area of our lives. In order to avoid this keep the following in mind: it’s all about balance.
- Define and explore burn out and compassion fatigue in death care professionals.
- Present healthy daily habits that contribute to an overall positive mindset and enable death care professionals to better serve themselves, their families and their clients.
- Assist death care workers in developing a personal self-care affirmation.
- Clearly define and help death care professionals create self-care rituals, routines, and plans that contribute to an overall positive mindset and work life balance.
- Encourage death care professionals to seek professional help and guidance from professional mental health professionals if needed.
- Answer questions about self-care death care professionals
This course is approved for 1.5 Continuing Education credits through the Academy for Professionals Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.