Befriending Compassion Fatigue Lesson Four Individual Track Learning Guide

Befriending Compassion Fatigue Series

Individual Track Learning Guide

Lesson Four: Spiritual Pain

Questions Worth Considering

4. “She had no idea how to respond to me. It was as if it was a question she never thought of, or heard before, or even considered” –Soul & Science Lesson

5. “Within the four dimensions of spiritual pain, we can begin to talk about compassion fatigue…” –Soul & Science Lesson

6.“Closed and rigid boundaries deny our own experience, humanness, and interrelatedness...” – Soul & Science Lesson

7. “Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter. The one of us who finds the strength to get up first, must help the other.” ― Vera Nazarian

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Best Practices – (Choose at Least One)

1. “A skill I’ve found to be particularly useful is to develop a support system.” – Soul & Science Lesson

Find two or three people that can be a formal or informal support system for you. Create a schedule or pattern for communicating with each other about the success and challenges of the day, whether it’s over coffee, at lunch, or by video chat.

2. “Begin to have real conversations about what is going on and what hurts.” –Soul & Science Lesson

Utilize open-ended questions when talking with other caregivers. These types of questions will encourage the person to stop, think, and reflect, which will lead to real connection and support. Answers to these types of questions will include thoughts about feeling, opinions, or ideas and usually start with why, how, what, describe, tell me about…, or what do you think about…, etc. Feel free to include “tell me about…” This isn’t really a question, but it will bring about the same meaningful result. Take a moment to reflect on how this type of communication changes the dynamics of a relationship.

3. “The Spiritual Health Assessment Tool is a practical way to become better acquainted with the diagnoses of emotional-spiritual wellness and suffering.” –Richard Groves

Consider using the Spiritual Health Assessment Tool for yourself by ‘taking your spiritual pulse’ on a regular (daily or weekly) basis.  Notice the patterns of what create wellness or suffering in your daily life.  This is a way of noticing the story you tell about your own suffering.  Imagine how the tool might open up healing conversations with those you care for.