Grief Counselling for Grieving Parents
July 15, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
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Patricia Hung is a police officer with over 20 years’ experience, business owner, certified grief coach, author, and a speaker. She tells us about her personal story as the mother of a murdered child, and talks about the help she needed and what success she had in finding it. She’s the owner of www.coachingjoy.com. She says why she created it, and explains its work. She talks about parents’ grieving and grieving generally. She discusses grieving’s stages, and its challenges and complications, and its consequences if the complications and challenges prevail. She explains grief counselling, what it involves and says how in her experience it’s best provided and for how long it should be provided. She says when and why it’s helpful and at times necessary. She describes more things that she wants to do and to see done by healthcare and social systems to help people who need grief counseling. She shares her message for families and family caregivers who are grieving.
Family Caregivers Unite!
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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.
Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.