Louise Thompson, one of three counsellors at Mercy Hospice, talks to Mercy Matters about the challenges of experiencing grief and loss, especially around those big annual holidays, the benefits of counselling, and a surprising look at the challenges and gifts that grief can offer us all.
Can you tell us how long you’ve been with Mercy Hospice, what your role is, and what you enjoy about it?
I am currently in my 11th year here at Mercy, and the role I have is Counsellor & Bereavement Coordinator. What I love about my role is being able to be there and support those that need and /or who want support. My passion for my work was born out of my own tragic losses in which there was no support offered. Sometimes it is a long and lonely journey trying to figure out and make sense of your emotions on your own.
How does Counselling fit with the provision of palliative care to patients and their families?
Counselling fits well with the provision of palliative care as it’s all about comfort and support for the patient and their family members. For the most part, our patients are supported by their families, that’s why the care incorporates the family. In essence we care for the whole person.
When does it become necessary for Counselling to be part of the care provided by Mercy Hospice?