Leaving Work at Work: a Guide to Distancing, not Detachment
Is there any better feeling than walking out of work at 5pm and heading home for the day, knowing that there’s nothing that can’t wait until tomorrow to interfere with your evening? This is a feeling many 9-5 workers know well and it’s something that can go underappreciated if you’re in a position to leave your work at work every day.
For hospice professionals, leaving work at work isn’t always so easy. Sure, you’re not going to bring a patient home with you or sit up long hours into the night checking charts, but that doesn’t mean the burden of your day doesn’t follow you home to rest upon your conscience. The emotional toll of losing a patient might leave you feeling fatigued for days, while the fleeting memories of a person’s last words might echo through your head long past bedtime—whatever the situation, the fact remains the same: leaving work at work is tough when you’re a hospice worker.