Thank you, Grace.Thank You IANS.
I have an opportunity to work as a Social Worker for Hospice after I get my Associate Degree in August. That wasn't the career choice that I had in mind when I first began my college course in Applied Science in Human Services but this career offers a wide range of opportunities in various fields. I was very impressed with the Hospice Team that cared for my dad in his own home while he was dying of Cancer. It has only been 7 months and they still call and check on my mother. Thank you for taking time to answer those questions and for your kindness. It must be a tough job working with dying people all the time. I work for a Vets office and I see a lot of death and pain also. Have a good night Doctor.
Hospice is a terrible thing to need, but a wonderful thing to have - my own slogan. And it's so true. We made lives better, and social workers played an important part in that. My job was easy: morphine, Compazine, Xanax, Restoril ... it's not really medicine. But it is important.
You might find that you like the hospice environment. It's not depressing at all. The families have assimilated their bad luck by the time you are called in, and are nothing but grateful for the help you provide, which is a huge relief at such a time. You will feel like you are making a difference.
We helped people die at home surrounded by their loved ones in relative comfort rather than dying alone in a sterile hospital room adorned with catheters and restraints. That's a great gift to everybody involved.
Social workers do things like get helping get wills in order when needed, funeral arrangements, helping arrange military personnel's emergency leaves to come home, and bereavement counseling after death.
Another problem is overcoming barriers to effective treatment. Some people refuse comfort care because they believe that they need to suffer for their sins before dying, or don't want to arrive in heaven a dope addict. As a hospice caregiver, you have to deal with these problems and help people see things otherwise.
And you will explain what a privilege it is to grieve the loss of a loved one. To have died unloved is so sad. If nobody sheds a tear at your death ... well ... it's an honor to be able to do that for somebody who has gone away, and helping people understand that is part of your job. And you will be thanked profusely for it.
Now working around suffering animals - that's got to be tougher.