PRONIA’s annual professional development event for Community Visitors was very well attended. Ttwenty-five dedicated and determined volunteers expressed a desire to understand better about grief, what it is really and how recovery takes place.
Reflecting on personal experience
Drawing on personal wisdom and experience, PRONIA volunteers described what worked for them in recovering after loss. Many felt that giving back to community and peer support helped them recover. Several expressed gratitude for Volunteer Coordinator Paraskevi Tsingas’ support and encouragement at a time when they felt they had nothing to give.
What is grief and how can we support people grieving?
On 7 November, 2018, Palliative Care Victoria’s Nora Fernandes facilitated a session for the volunteers on Loss and Grief. The session covered: what is grief, how it is experienced, what sense we make of it, what the experts say about grief today and what helps people recover. The workshop used an interactive method, beginning with participants own wisdom and experience and drawing on current theoretical frameworks.
Training and orientation opportunities
PCV offers training and orientation to community organisations supporting carers of people with a life-limiting illness, subject to resource availability. Training can be arranged at your workplace. Topics include: Introduction to Palliative Care, Specialist and Community-based Palliative Care services, Grief and Loss. Orientation visits to specialist palliative care sites can be arranged, subject to availability of the palliative care service.
For further information, contact
Community Engagement and Capacity Building Manager,
Palliative Care Victoria,
Level 2, 182 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, Vic 3002.
T:(03) 9662 9644
F: (03) 9662 9722