The mission of the Hospice Association, which organized the open day, is compassionate and holistic care for the dying and their relatives, which continues after death with support for grieving adolescents and adults.
The association offers help to both the dying and their relatives. This is made possible by four programs, namely monitoring of dying patients and their relatives, bereavement of adults, bereavement of children and adolescents, de-tabooing of death and volunteering, explained the professional worker of the association, a psychologist Radmila Pavlovič Blatnik. “Our primary task is not medical care or care, but above all spiritual support to people, especially in how to accept these things,” she explained.
Hospice care is comprehensive care for patients with an incurable disease and support for their relatives in the home environment or where the patient is. The bereavement program is intended for everyone who has coped with the loss of a loved one. They offer one-on-one telephone conversations to bereaved adults led by professionals and trained volunteers, and also organize weekend residential self-help groups. They help the children by offering them help in the form of individual conversations, creative workshops and a camp for bereaved children and adolescents, explained the association.
Among other things, Pavlovič Blatnik emphasized how important the volunteers are. “There would be nothing without volunteers and I am happy that more and more young people are joining us. They tell us that here they get more than they give, because helping others empowers them“, she said. At the same time, she explained that all volunteers undergo training at the beginning, with the help of which they can work as efficiently as possible. Many volunteers have been working in the association for many years, she added.
According to her, the detabooization of death is of central importance. “We want to talk about this topic in public and make people aware“, she said. The association therefore regularly organizes numerous lectures, experiential training and educational workshops, where participants can check their own attitude towards death and express any hardships and fears that may arise.”We strive to make death, just like birth, a natural element of life, and thus also the attitude towards dying and mourning in Slovenian society.,” they wrote.
“From the very beginning, hospice care treats the patient as a person with a biography, with relatives, friends, memories, the present and the future, regardless of how short this future will be.,” they emphasized.