We provide support with the concept of SOUL INJURY® for traumatized people and people that are suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. We are interested in professionals that aim taking care for traumatized patients with compassion and dignity.

  • (1) SOUL INJURY® - Seminars in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, USA
  • (2) Spiritual Care in Everyday Life and at Work Life
  • (3) Palliative Counseling in Interdisziplinairy Enviroments Focused on Spiritual Care
  • (4) TIC Trauma Informed Care
  • (5) Hospice Care
  • (6) Loss and Grief Counseling
    - Dignity Therapy
    - Single and Group Meetings (for Children and Adults)
  • Offering Caregivers Ceremonies in Hospices and Hospitals
  • Offering Fallen Camarade Ceremonies (USA, Germany)

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(1) SOUL INJURY® – As a Resource in the Work of Spiritual Care in Palliative Care

Negative events that occurred to us recently or a long time ago can affect our behavior in our private as well as our work lives. Often times, they can unconsciously limit us in our vitality and we encounter the same or similar problems over again. The arising feelings are acknowledged as uncomfortable and thus pushed aside. “Why should I burden myself with this again?”, is what we may ask ourselves. This, in spite of those exact feelings being signals that aim to invoke our inner vitality. They want attention in order for them to finally be able to live in peace with and within us. The signals that we, more often than not, experience as negative, are the ones that could return enormous strength and vitality to us. Today we know that an onerous event can evoke a Soul Injury  which is found in unresolved loss and in unforgotten or rather not-dealt with feelings of guilt or shame. An affected individual is restricted in his/her vitality and many times may suffer unrecognized. Kids may be affected as well. Once the Soul Injury is recognized and worked with, we can feel strengthen and peacefully live in peace. That event is to be described with new inner as well as outer vitality. Soul Injury is recommended by therapeutic PTSD, chronic crises and stress interventions. In the application, the afflicted learn how to master losses, failures, disappointments and how forgive oneself as well as others.
In Europe too, there are people who have a difficult past and may still suffer from it. Let us consider: Verdingkinder, victims of mental and physical violence, war or terror victims, soldiers, first responder, refugees, victims of bullying, people with severe chronic diseases, people who have been hit by an environmental catastrophe, etc. The professional inner-spiritual accompaniment, that the concept of SOUL INJURY® offers, helps us experts to optimize our communicative competence in crisis interventions. In the praxis of Spiritual Care, the knowledge of Soul Injury  is an essential resource for professionals that work in counseling or any support of vulnerable people.                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

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 (2) Spiritual Care

In very difficult life situations, too, there are opportunities to gain confidence, strength and hope. Spiritual Care offers to accompany people in hardships for example trauma and search for meaning as well as crisis-coping according to their existential, spiritual and religious demands. Spiritual Care service is neutral in denomination, meaning regardless of your belief or origin. Spiritual Care service providers usually have a broad professional network that can be convened at any time as needed (i.e. emergency services, police, pastoral care of various churches, hospitals, therapists, etc.).  Spiritual Care service needs a specialized certified training, which is incrisingly also being attended  by doctors, social workers and nursing professionals, etc.

The way we offer our services was also inspired from...
"Spirituality can be an important element in the way patients face chronic illness, suffering, and loss. Physicians need to address and be attentive to all suffering of their patients—physical, emotional, and spiritual. Doing so is part of delivery of compassionate care. I think we can be better physicians and true partners in our patients' living and in their dying if we can be compassionate: if we truly listen to their hopes, their fears, and their beliefs and incorporate these beliefs into their therapeutic plans."
Christina M. Puchalski MD, MS (Source: The role of spirituality in health care 2001)


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(3) Palliative Care

WHO Definition: Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. Palliative care increases patient and family satisfaction, it improves quality and it has been shown to help to extend survival. The resulting cost savings are an unintended but welcome consequence of providing high quality care. This approach results in higher quality, well-planned treatment that anticipates future care needs and helps to avoid unwanted and expensive crisis care. In Switzerland, we have more and more specialised Palliative Care teams, which take care for patients also at their home (i.e. Spitex).
(source: www.palliative.ch, palliativ-zug.ch, ww.capc.org)


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(4) TIC Trauma Informed Care

Defining the term: TIC TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE: A framework of thinking and interventions that are directed by a thorough understanding of the profound neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects trauma has on an individual—recognizing that person’s constant interdependent needs for safety, connections, and ways to manage emotions/impulses.
(Trauma-Informed Care Resources Guide - CP)


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(5) Hospice Care

The term of Hospice is understood as a comprehensive concept for progressive ill patients to be cared for in a home like environment or in their own homes. The goal is to relieve the suffering and to allow to die in a familiar surrounding. Also, the relatives shall be supported in their farewell and loss. In Switzerland, there are - compared to other countries i.e. USA - only a few Hospice facilities.

"There is a strong interest and emphasis on acute care and healing curative treatment. We have fantastic access to the most expensive and best technological possibilities for prolonging life in Switzerland. Also, there has not been so much focus on the whole chronic care approach and living with an illness. This is possibly because we have a fragmented health care system: with hospitals as economic entities, long term care through nursing homes mostly paid out of pocket and home care. Switzerland has very few hospices. The expectation is that health problems can be managed and cured by fantastic hospital care and there is no sole responsibility for the whole range of health network institutions, like in a national health service."
Prof. Dr. med. Steffen Eychmüller ( Source: SWI - Swiss Info Jul 11, 2016)

Definition Hospice Care (USA):
Hospice Care programs in the USA generally are in freestanding facilities or are home-based. The professional interdisziplinary hospice-team, sometimes provides its services away from home - i.e. at the patients nursing home, or within the patients hospital (i.e. Comfort Care Hospice).
(Source: MedicinNet/Comfort Care Hospice)


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 (6a) Understanding Grief

- Grief is not predictable:
We cannot time and plot our reactions. This type of approach makes us think that losses vary only insofar as different deaths may make us spend more or less time at a certain "stage". Such a  theory belies our own individuality and the uniqueness of each particular loss. 
- Each of us has our own way we experience grief:
For some of us, we may see grief as something we should deal with quickly - resuming our life as soon as we return to work, seemingly over our loss. Others are surprised by how long our grief lingers and how painful the process can be.
- Grief is full of different tasks and processes:
We not only have to cope with feelings but also accept the reality of the loss, redefine our beliefs now in the face of that loss, readjust to the daily realities of that loss, and decide the ways we will remember the person who died.
- Grief is more than simply a set of feelings:
In a  significant loss, every aspect of our life is now changed. We need to remember that grief is an uncertain and individual journey. However, a more realistic road map may make the journey with grief a little less frightening.


"Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face

- I know it's an impossibility, but I cannot help myself."

Nicholas Sparks (Message in a Bottle)

- Allow your grief:
No step is more important than this. Appreciate, accept, and allow your grief as a natural response to your loss. Let yourself feel your pain. Suppressed grief doesn't go away. Grief is a mix of many uncomfortable feelings. You may feel sad, angry, or filled with remorse, regret, or longing. All these feelings are natural.
- Express your grief:
Empty out your feelings. Cry when you need to cry. Be angry when you feel angry. Don't pretend to be stoic. The more you express your pain,  the more you free yourself from it.
- Be patient with yourself:
Grief is a process that takes time. Healing from grief is not necessarily quick and easy, but it is possible. Trust that you can and will heal from your loss. The day will come when you can remember your loved one without pain.
- Keep busy:
You cannot dwell on your sorrow or your loss every waking moment. In the first flush of grief, you may feel you cannot control the extent of your suffering. But with friends and activities, you can form a plan that can be a lifeline.
(Texting: Hospice Foundation of America)


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(6b) Understanding Grief and Death in Children and Adolescents

Also, children and adolescents mourn. However, they often treat their grief a little differntly than adults do. Althought sometimes it may seem they handle it easier, that's not the case. They too need the necessary attention to deal with their pain of loss. Children and Adolescents often find comfort by being with their friends or they may find support in a peer-groups to deal with their grief and pain of loss.

This booklet helps children with their feelings of grief and explains sensitively how the grandmother imagines the hereafter and how she can continue to be connected with her dear granddaughter. Author Sandra Ulrich, Illustrations Cécilia Ulrich. This project was supported by Roger Federer and advertised by Coop. Ideal for children beween the ages of 6-11 years.

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This video explains death and diying to children in a very natural way.

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Network Activities

March 2019: A four day get together with Comfort Care Hospice in the USA
to improve our skills in Hospice Care, Grief Counseling and SOUL INJURY®.
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