In celebration of our social workers, we invited the special team at Hospice Care of the West to a Reminiscing Corner. Take a moment to click and watch the video below and you will be moved by wisdom and reflections of these women who spend every day devoted to patients and families.
At Our Reminiscing Corner, Jay Gianukos, a life-story documentary filmmaker, set up a video camera to record and preserve the stories of these social workers for hospice care. They work within a multi-disciplinary team at hospice to provide psychosocial support to the patient and family often in the midst of chaos as they confront
the realities of a life-changing illness. End of life is not only a physical journey that must be cared for by the doctor and nurse, but we call on social workers to help translate
and prepare for the social, mental and emotional experiences of life’s final frontier. These social workers light the darkness of life’s twilight, provide a map and plan for the days ahead in what often feels like unknown territory. Each day, they ask the kinds of questions that can yield insight for how last wishes can be transformed into a lived realities. With the support of the social worker, families extinguish fears and come together to create a sacred space around the bedside for sharing intimate, meaningful time reflecting on memorable times and hopes for the future.
They are our keepers of generational wisdom that was once held by our ancestors and passed down through our communal rituals around birth and death. Due to end of life occurring for over a century in institutions, families and communities have lost this wisdom. With the widespread acceptance of hospice care more people are spending their last days in the familiar comforts of family and community. Our social workers light the way to easy the transition and guide the family. These women are such a gift and resource to hospice patients and their families through the trying hours of end of life and bereavement. We would be lost without your guidance. Thank you for your wisdom and sharing some of the life experiences that shape how you transform the final stage of life for patients, families and communities.