The role of social work in hospice palliative care
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This paper is a reflection of my experiences at the St. Paul’s Palliative Care Unit during my field practicum placement from January 2015 to April 2015. The following report will share a bit of palliative care history and relay the story of my palliative care practicum. A literature review reflects palliative care competencies, feminism as a world view, narrative therapy, death, dying and grief, somatic experiencing, family resiliency theory, and caregiver/compassion fatigue. I will share the development of my practicum objectives and the activities experienced throughout the practicum. Bits and pieces of people’s stories told and heard portray the importance of hospice palliative social work in practice. The theory and practice of companioning with patients and families through their palliative experience will be shown as a vital component of their journey. Ethical considerations, practicum challenges and achievements, and self-care practices will be discussed. This report will close with the meaning-making I derived from my lived experience in palliative care and the legacy I gained from my clinical practicum.