The Power of Story: ReflectionsPosted: October 27, 2021 | Author: erikpeper | Filed under: health, mindfulness, Pain/discomfort, self-healing, stress management | Tags: death, dying, hospice, story telling | 1 Comment
Julie Lanoie, MA, RN, hospice and palliative care nurse and consultant*
This guest blog’s video by Julie Lanoie reflects on the use of stories while caring for her grandfather during the last years of his life. It is a thoughtful, deeply touching and powerful presentation that would benefit everyone who is concerned with death and dying. As Julie states, people reveal their values, their fears, their regrets, their proudest moments, their greatest loves, and so much more through their stories.
As listeners and witnesses, we can help facilitate the use of story as a healing tool. Through the stories of one family, this presentation, originally designed for hospice volunteers for the Home Care, Hospice, and Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire, illustrates the power of story to support people living with dementia and those who love and care for them, the power of story to contextualize our experience of loss and promote healthy grieving, and the role of story in preserving intergenerational relationships. So…What’s your story?
*Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org