Who am I?
A social worker/case manager who has an interest in Aging & End-of-Life Issues, Advocacy, Education, Healthcare, Mental Health, Person-Centered Solutions, and Book Reviews. Writing & Blogging is what pulls all of my interests together.
- Older Adults (seniors) are often misunderstood and under-appreciated. We will all be ‘older’ one day and as such, society needs to realize that change needs to happen now!
- Improvements in healthcare, improvements that allow seniors to ‘age in place’ along with better healthcare system access than what we currently have worldwide, are needed. The helping professions can be a part of this.
- Discussions related to End-of-Life need to occur between family members and professionals, and in the general population to make the topic less taboo and fearful.
- Professionals need to receive training and continue to update their skills. Death and dying are not an area that everyone is comfortable and at ease in. Professionals need to attend or participate in webinars, staff developments, certification programs, and if they choose, degree programs that focus on death, dying, and end of life issues, along with receiving ongoing support.
I have been fortunate to work with older adults for the past 17 years, to know many of my clients for that length of time and see the issues and challenges that one faces as one ages. This has led to my interest in aging and end-of-life.
It is important for any professional to update their ‘toolkit’ on a regular basis and learn new skills. This is what I am doing, participating in workshops, webinars, and conferences to seek further training in the areas of aging, end-of-life, grief/bereavement, case management, healthcare, social work, and writing.
I am participating in a certification program: End-of-Life Specialist with: Doing Death Differently.
In the book “Journey’s End,” Julie Saeger Nierenberg and I, along with a variety of other contributors, write about death, dying, and end-of-life issues. We examine real-life circumstances, attempting to define and describe them. We discuss ways to deal proactively with the end of life and view it from multiple perspectives: personal, professional, and societal. We believe these perspectives will provide valuable insights which can assist one who is in the process of grief or bereavement themselves or who has a family member, friend, colleague or client who has recently died or is currently dying. **Anticipated release date, Autumn 2017.** (See excerpt dated September 16, 2014– teen suicide), Death Midwifery & Home Funerals, and The Perspective of a Hospice Physician. The manuscript just finished the copyediting stage and we are going through suggested edits. The next stages are formatting of the interior of the book and the book cover design!
I will also have guest contributors from different professions in the helping and healthcare fields post from time to time. The way we learn and the way change occurs is by sharing & collaborating.
I am a book tour host for: http://www.ireadbooktours.com/. For any author interested in a virtual book tour, take a look at the website! For book reviews, I focus on fiction, non-fiction, and professional books.
*I am seeking opportunities to proofread, edit, write book reviews and write on the topics of aging, end-of-life issues, healthcare, education, social work, mental health, and advocacy. I have written for both: http://www.socialjusticesolutions.org/ and: www.ottiti.net.
Victoria Brewster, MSW – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Group Owner- End of Life Discussion Group for Professionals on LinkedIn
Case Manager with Older Adults- Cummings Centre
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“As helping professionals, we should be present, be aware, be respectful, be responsive, be compassionate, and be empathic.”
“Death is inevitable, but suffering at the end of life does not have to be.”
“We are born with arms wide open, and we die in much the same way. It is that which we carry, in the time between, that defines us.” – Dr. Jordan Grumet, MD