A Hospice Counsellors Perspective

A Hospice Counsellors Perspective

My 20 years of work at Heart House Hospice provided me with vast experiences with death and dying. Living through

personal losses of close family members created a need for me to reflect deeper on my work as a counsellor. Helping others

understand their grief is very different from coping with my own loss. As Shakespeare said in Much Ado

About Nothing, “Everyone can master grief, but he that has it.”

Over 1600 individuals on my caseload have died in the past decade. I was present with some of

them when they took their last breath. With every individual, I go through the same mental checklist

to ensure that the family had an opportunity to say a final goodbye and explaining what to expect in

the last moments.