Chapter 5: Your own grief
Looking after yourself
The grief that people with intellectual disabilities experience is individualized, just like the rest of us.
Compassion fatigue is a condition, characterized by emotional and physical exhaustion, leading to a diminished ability to empathize or feel compassion for others.
” If this happens, you will have less energy for and interest in the needs of other people, or even your own needs.
Each person’s grief evolves over time and in its own way. It may be repetitive and tiring for you to manage. In providing grief support, you need to also be kind to yourself, especially if you are also grieving the death.
What may help
- Give thought to what holds meaning for you, and what nourishes and replenishes you.
- Debrief with trusted colleagues and/or family and friends so that you receive support and minimize your risk of compassion fatigue or burnout.