Emotional and Psychological Issues and Support


Emotional/Psychological Issues and Support

Module 5 gives volunteers the opportunity to discuss and understand the emotional and psychological needs of the dying person and family, and how to provide emotional support.

Below are links to video clips, as well as readings and assignments that will help you explore the world of heart and mind.

Download "Emotional-Psychological Supports.pdf"


Your History of Losses

To understand another’s feelings following the loss of a loved one, it is helpful to examine our own history of losses.
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My Father's Wake

My Father's Wake writer Kevin Toolis shares the life lessons of the oldest rite of humanity - the Irish Wake.

Personal Feelings About Death and Emotional Reactions

Answer the questions in this exercise and identify the underlying emotion(s). Indicate how you would
express this emotion.
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Let's talk about dying - Peter Saul

We can't control if we'll die, but we can "occupy death," in the words of Peter Saul, an emergency doctor. He asks us to think about the end of our lives -- and to question the modern model of slow, intubated death in hospital. Two big questions can help you start this tough conversation.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxNewy, an independent event. TED's editors chose to feature it for you.


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