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It’s been a wild six weeks since we moved from the Ithaca area to our new home in northeast Pennsylvania, and finalized the sale on our old house in New York.

Whatever my personal timeline, it’s clear it’s not just my life that’s been radically changed in recent days!

While closing my therapy practice and relocating felt like a whirlwind, the current covid-19 coronavirus pandemic seems to have stopped time itself, and has dramatically altered the lives of everyone living on our planet today.

I want to reach out, in this pause, to check in with you. We are doing well, staying in and practicing what we need to stay healthy.

I wonder how you are doing in these strange times, how we might connect, and what I can do to support you in the age of social distancing.

While I’ve retired from my psychotherapy practice and don’t hold clinical licensure in Pennsylvania, I’ve been providing online non-clinical support and web-based education to individuals and organizations for several years.

It seems my work helping professional and family care partners manage stress, and supporting those who live with health issues, trauma, grief, and loss, is even more needed in these strange times.

Here are some ways I might continue to serve the greater community through the resources I’ve built over the past several years:

  • My fellow health care professionals need extra support right now, as our health systems are overcome by the demands of the pandemic. Care Partner Connection is a place where virtual support groups and one-on-one coaching could help nurses, therapists, physicians, and first responders learn specific tools to manage increased stress and connect with peers for support. The goal is to prevent burn-out and compassion fatigue amid high levels of stress, in order to maintain physical and emotional well-being for the long haul.
  • Family caregivers of ill or frail Elders are likely to be more isolated than ever before, and seeking resources as well as support for coping with a rapidly changing public health crisis. Our virtual services can help family care partners share practical solutions to care issues and learn vital tips on how to manage stress. Perhaps your organization is seeking to outsource its regular support groups for a while? Let me know; I have the experience and the technology to do this work online.
  • Elders may be seeking ways to reduce isolation, share their wisdom, and connect with the wider community. I’d love to hear how I can support you. Have you been hoping to form an online book club? Is there an interest in having a guided study of a particular topic? Let’s talk about it! I have some tools that could help.
  • People who have suffered a death prior to the pandemic may be feeling their grief more poignantly in the midst of the current crisis. Whether their isolation allows time for grief to bubble up, or they are missing the support their late loved one might have offered, getting quiet is often an invitation for sorrow to find expression. Having an outlet for that grief can reduce the feelings of isolation, support the creation of a new relationship with the deceased, and do the important work of creative and transformational bereavement. As a bereaved parent, I have felt that grief rise up when I’ve given it the space to do so. (I’m also here to reassure you that at this time of global pandemic, you don’t have to compete with anyone to achieve or accomplish anything, other than to be gentle with yourself!)
  • Organizations are also dealing with grief and loss, as co-workers and their families face life-threatening illness and death. Critical Incident Stress Management and support for staff who are coping with loss are key components for maintaining workforce well-being in this protracted crisis.  I can support your teams with virtual Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, training, leadership coaching, and consulting to bolster your effectiveness. Let’s talk about how I can help; call me at (607) 351-1313 for a 20 minute complementary consultation.

What is working well for you, and how can you do more of that? What is not working so well, and how can you shift that to be more effective? What would be of greatest help to you right now?   Let me know in the comments, or send me an email at lkendall58@gmail.com.

Most of all, stay safe, and take care,

Lisa K.

P.S. I just wrote a blog about how seeing a face mask might be triggering for some people; check it out here, especially if you’re a health care provider!

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Lisa Kendall has been an educator, consultant, trainer, and social worker focused on aging and Elder care, trauma, health concerns, grief and bereavement, and workforce issues in a variety of medical, corporate, and educational settings. Working with individuals and organizations, she is a popular speaker at the state, national, and international level. Lisa has a special interest in promoting well-being for every member of the care partner team, and in person-directed, trauma-informed care. Visit Lisa’s blog at www.lisakendallcounseling.com/blog

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