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  • Writer's pictureRita Lança

Family intervention

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One of the biggest factors in the quality of life of someone who is dying is the relationship with their family, with those they love. The services involved in the end of life do not always have the resources and capacity to accompany the family.

The focus of my care is the person at the end of life, their needs, concerns and specific choices. Inseparable from this care, is the realisation that everyone is suffering. Each person, in their own way, is dealing with their own emotions, history and needs that may be different.

In addition to accompanying the person, I propose extending this to the family/network of significant others as a care unit, because we are in relationship, now and at the time of our death.

How do we make it easier for the person and or family to find connection in their life, to express love, gratitude, forgiveness, to deal with loss and to be able to say goodbye?

The accompaniment I develop is based on contemplative listening and compassionate presence. I take care of the context to open up the possibility for people to express themselves with an open heart, to feel that they are being deeply listened to, which is in itself therapeutic.

I facilitate the expression of fears, regrets, guilt, frustrations, anxieties, despair and love, that is, the whole set of emotions and thoughts that disturb the person. To express these deeper dimensions of oneself, a person must feel that they will not be judged.

My role is also to facilitate the inner journey, which allows us to face the emotions and feelings associated with pending issues, which can bring tranquility to those who are dying and their families.

Gestures such as expressing regret, clarifying a situation, or forgiving can be extremely powerful and transformative for everyone involved and foster acceptance and feelings of serenity.

What I offer:

  • Emotional and spiritual support;

  • Individual monitoring of each family member;

  • Facilitation of family sessions, using contemplative practices and sychodramatic dynamics;

  • A calm presence that helps to create an atmosphere of trust, tranquility and support in adversity;

  • Identification of person/family needs;

  • Identification of barriers to authentic connection and alternative responses;

  • Facilitation of communication, expression of feelings, desires and legacies;

  • Support in practical and bureaucratic issues, namely, in communication with other services;

  • Informational and educational support, as well as practical guidelines in terms of providing care;

  • Supporting the family with significant events such as medical appointments, the funeral, celebrations;

  • Accompanying the grieving process before, during and after the death of the family member.


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