Grieving in the middle of an epidemic
In a recent HOPE Nursing Conference, the question arose as to how one grieves in the middle of an epidemic that has not ended. This question may be more or less relevant to you in your practice. If it appears less relevant, how then are providers grieving when the new norm is for patients to live with HIV as a chronic disease? If the question is of relevance, what are you doing to look after yourself? What are your colleagues doing? Do you have formal programs in which you take time out to grieve the deaths of your patients? Of your colleagues? Of your family members? Of your friends? What would make a difference for you as you confront the continued deaths of HIV infected persons?