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Carle forms support group for healing after losing someone to COVID-19

Carle forms support group for healing after losing someone to COVID-19
“In keeping with the vision of Carle Health, to provide highly accessible, world-class care and service, this group is another opportunity for Carle to step forward and fulfill that goal by providing a forum of support to community members who are dealing with the tragedy of losing a loved one to COVID-19,” Jason Hirschi, Carle Cancer Institute and Medical Specialties director, said.
“Carle has done an outstanding job of being nimble and working efficiently to find solutions to the many challenges brought about by the pandemic, and this group will act as yet another important tool in continuing to address the well-being of those living within the communities we serve.”
The Healing After Loss (COVID-19) Support Group is a six-session bereavement program for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to COVID-19. There will be two separate groups, and they’re open to all, regardless of where your loved one received treatment.
“The world has been and still is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Wael Mostafa, MD, PhD, Neuroscience Institute said. “Our life came to a stop. Our spirit is down. Lots of families have lost loved ones. Carle is always thinking about our community. The COVID support groups will provide the patients and the families who lost their loved ones with the medical, spiritual and social support they need. Carle is holding the hands of our affected community.”
The sessions are virtual, and the first one is on Tuesday, May 25. Days and times are below:
  • Group 1
    • Second and fourth Tuesday, monthly
    • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Group 2
    • Second and fourth Thursday, monthly
    • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
“This group would not be possible without the support of the Carle Health Center for Philanthropy and the wonderful group of social workers who are dedicating their time to provide support and focus on the needs of the group participants,” Hirschi said.
If you are interested in additional information or want to register for a group, please contact Kimberly Harden.
“It’s another opportunity to respond to the needs of the patients we serve,” Kimberly Harden, social worker, Cancer Institute said. “There has been an increased need for mental health services since before the pandemic, but even more so now. We want to give people an opportunity to express and work through the feelings related to losing a loved one from COVID-19.”  
The group will be cover self-care after losing a loved one, basic grief psychoeducation, coping, changing roles and relationships, and the future. 
“Social work is the opportunity to work with patients during a difficult time,” Harden said. “Part of what I want to do as a social worker is to assist people in dealing with those difficult times by providing them with resources and skills to handle the situation.
“I think my approach is to teach, to guide. I am not there to make the decision for the patient, but to work with them to find the resources and the best solution for them.”
Hirschi and Wael Mostafa, MD, Neuroscience Institute, put together the groups after requests were coming in from patients and Carle team members.
“The intent of this support group, under the direction of licensed social workers, is to provide a safe, supportive environment that allows individuals to not only grieve the loss of a loved one but also learn different coping strategies as they move forward,” Hirschi said.
“We hope that in addition to receiving guidance from the support group facilitators, participants are also able to interact with other group members and find strength together as they deal with the grief of losing a loved one to COVID-19.” 

Categories: Staying Healthy

Tags: COVID-19, loss, support