Social Work Month 2021 - Beth
HOW HAS COVID19 AFFECTED YOUR WORK WITH FAMILIES?
To say that it has been a difficult year is an understatement. Covid19 has changed our world and touched our families profoundly. The families that we work with have continued to have to navigate the world of a child with a life threatening illness and all that entails, all while the world around us was adjusting to life during a medical pandemic. Each family that I connected with shared how Covid-19 has impacted their family and their child’s treatment. Many of these families found themselves alone in isolated hospitals with new rules and restrictions. As well, many of the siblings of these families worked their way through remote learning and navigating who will be caring for them while grasping the new normal of a life threatening illness. I made it a priority to be sure to stay connected with parents and families during the shutdown. I wanted to ensure my families that even though we could not be together that they were never alone. We have navigated together as an organization new and creative ways to stay connected and involved with our families. It is the strength of the families that has carried me through this year and helped me to adjust to creative styles of support while giving me the gift of witnessing resiliency.