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.