Grief Work & Compassion Fatigue
Those who work closely with people who have been through great trauma or have suffered the loss of a loved one can develop compassion fatigue as a result of emotionally taxing work.
This can occur in anyone – social workers, people who work with the homeless, victims of crimes, or in healthcare or geriatric care.
Symptoms of compassion fatigue include:
- Physical exhaustion
- Mental tiredness
- Emotional apathy
- Inability to function
- Seeking isolation
- Reduced sense of accomplishment particularly where grief work is involved
How we can help
The most important thing to remember is that suffering from compassion fatigue does not make you a bad person. It does, however, mean that you should seek treatment.
A licensed counsellor can conduct an evaluation to see which therapies would work best for you. Insight Psychological has offices in four locations – Calgary, Edmonton, Spruce Grove and Red Deer – in order to best serve you. Please call us today.