Hospice ADLs: My Adventures of Daily Learning.79
At hospice, I wear a nametag with five bits of information. One is a lie.
My employer’s name is Hinds Hospice; one of their core values is “honoring the journey.”
2012 correctly indicates the year Hinds Hospice began writing paychecks to me (a.k.a. the aforementioned Larry Patten).
My job title is the lie: Bereavement Support Specialist.
It’s a quiet lie, an innocent deceit. It’s a label that benignly fulfills the needs of the human resources department. After all, everyone getting those paychecks should have a formal title.
But I know I am not a specialist when it comes to bereavement.
I don’t have the educational background. For example my boss has earned various degrees in her career as a counselor. One of them is CT. She is “Certified” in “Thanatology.” Whoa! The Greek word for death is thanos. Regardless of the meanings in Greek or English, she has completed courses and been supervised by experts to understand issues related to death. Continue reading