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May is Mental Health Awareness Month



Mental health awareness is something that is relevant to all of us. Mental health is part of who we are: how we feel, how we think, how we perceive our circumstances. These elements are with us throughout our lives: as children, young adults, adults, and older adults. As we approach end of life, some aspects of mental health can become more expected as part of the dying process.


It is not unusual for people who are dying to experience anxiety, grief, and depression. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a pioneer in documenting the stages of grief that we may face as death approaches. Her observations of Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance form a framework for subsequent studies on grief. More recent findings emphasize that each of us is different in how we approach end of life. There is no “one way” or “right way” to handle the feelings that may come from this universal experience.

 

A key belief at Enchanted Sky Hospice is one of holistic care. This means an understanding of a person as a total, complex, multi-dimensional being who is part of a larger network of people and experiences. Addressing social, emotional, and spiritual needs helps to ease end of life concerns and helps create positive and meaningful experiences for both the patient and their loved ones. Holistic care includes social workers who understand practical and emotional needs, chaplain support to address religious or spiritual elements, as well as counseling and bereavement support for grieving family members.

 

While end of life brings challenges to all those affected, our team of dedicated professionals provides each of our patients and their families with personal care that comes from our hearts.  We honor each life that comes our way with respect, dignity, and grace.



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