Another Day Facts

What: Targeted grief and bereavement support for both the person diagnosed and those who love them designed to meet the needs of anyone and at any time throughout their grief journey.

 

Who: Over one million people per year touched by a life-threatening diagnosis

 

Why: The Canadian Mental Health System is over worked and not able to focus on a targeted area of mental health such as grief.

 
 
 
 

The HHA Way

The diagnosis has been made, the shock and disbelief are real.  You are already grieving. The grief journey does not start when the casseroles stop coming.  It begins at diagnosis. It has an immediate impact as the possibility of dying or losing a loved one strikes it’s first blow. Another Day empowers individuals along every step of their journey from diagnosis to death and carries on for those who love them.

The phone calls have gotten shorter, the visitors have stopped visiting and now the process of grief has now grown terrifying because grief does not end when the casseroles stop coming. The thought of grief immediately impacts you when the possibility of losing a loved one surfaces and this is something that many people struggle to grasp. It is not often where we conceive the progression of grief of someone diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.

Details of Service

 

Someone has been newly diagnosed and is now on a treatment journey (My World Has Been Turned Upside Down)

  • Anticipatory Grief Support

    • Empowers clients that are going through any stage of that journey

    • Considers the grief journey someone who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness is traveling

    • One on one empathetic communication to work through the fears associated with the diagnosis and the treatment options presented

    • Addresses grief when it starts; facing with the possibility of life without our loved one

  • Guidance on where and how to channel anger and fear (for example) in empowering ways

    • Building and managing resource binders and records of doctors appointments, medications, treatment recommendations

    •  Journal notes at doctor’s appointments

 

When Someone Returns to Wellness (You can put me down now, I think I can manage)

  • A chance to talk about unresolved feelings that may now be surfacing with the pressure of the illness slowing down

  • Peer support to help navigate feelings around returning to work / life “normalcy”

  • Ongoing peer support of caregivers who may find themselves now “breaking down” because they no longer need to be “the brave ones”

 

When Someone has been Told it is Time to Put Their Life In Order (Oh No it is Happening Again)

  • Helping dying person to communicate who they wish their dying to be…on their own terms

  • Assist dying person to communicate wishes desires; including the decision to halt life sustaining measures; to live and enjoy the time left

  • Helping HOPP Parents to empower them with the strength and courage to allow their child to much such decisions

  • Navigating the “judgement” associated with DNR Orders for children

  • The Family Meeting to Begin the Rehome Process (Bello Project)

    • Grief Support Personwill meet with the diagnosed individual and their circle of support to more formally introduce this next step on the journey

    • Family is reminded of the support support available

    • Diagnosed client is now invited into a contemplative end of life support system (Hospice at Home) and is reminded that the Grief Support Person is there for the entire process

 

When Someone is Dying (I Can’t Leave Without Saying Good Bye)

  • Recognizing that family members need to work through the guilt of letting down their loved one by not being able to take the pet (Bello Project)

 

When Loved Ones Have to Carry On  (The Casseroles Have Stopped Coming)

  • In Home / home visiting one on one grief support approximately 3 times, immediately following the delivery, for parents (Pre and Perinatal Hospice)

  • Home Visit with the memory box of their loved one to help open necessary lines of communication (Experiential Day Hospice)

  • Turning the “dying room” back to the “living room”

  • Invitation to attend Experiential Day Hospice to enjoy some sharing time with the “friends” of their loved one

  • Coordination with funeral home for pet visitation and or participation in the funeral (The Bello Project)

  • Progressive Healing Groups such as Our Babies, Our Grief ~ Our Siblings, Our Grief

  • Getting Out & Getting Active – Group events and activities such as a gardening club or a cooking for one club

  • Debriefing (mandatory) for all Compassionate Caregiving Volunteers & the offer of debriefing for health care team who may not have this resource through their employer

  • Resources to individuals and groups specific to sudden, tragic or traumatic death

 

Progress

 

August 2017  In partnership with Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula Julie-Anne Mauno, the work to pilot                    Our Babies, Our Grief; 6 Week Progressive Healing Group began. 

  • October 2017 Pilot Launch

  • October 2018 Three Chapters Offered this part of our program

October 2017 The Moonlit Memory Walk Launched in Toronto; an event that promotes healing and raises funds

  • January 2018 - theme of walk changed from "Remember how they lived" to "Remember that they lived" to honour the Pre and Perinatal Hospice Program

  • October 2018 the event grew to three communities

Resources

 

Our Babies, Our Grief Progressive Healing Groups are run by Certified Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doulas.  Learn About the only Internationally Recognized Training; Canadian Content 

A great example of the support Another Day is able to offer thanks to so many Subject Matter Experts willing to share their expertise with HHA.  

 
 
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