As a caring, empathetic professional who works with the bereaved, you can experience secondary trauma and caregiver fatigue. Being aware of how this work can impact you and taking steps to maintain balance in your life can help protect you from the harmful effects of these difficult issues.
Below are self-care resources to assist you in achieving balance and connectedness in your life. For additional resources, please contact the Infant Death Center.
Self-care resources for professionals
Guide to Self-Care
Self-care is an opportunity to make a better you. Take time for yourself when you experience stressful or traumatic events, especially the loss of an infant or child.
Bereavement Caregiver Burnout Survey
Take this self-assessment to see if you’re on the path to caregiver burnout. Then read Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s practical guidelines for caring for yourself.
The self-care wheel illustrates six aspects of life balance. Use the ideas in each segment to improve your self-care.
Learn about compassion resilience, the ability to maintain strength, hope and purpose while providing compassionate care.
Use this group activity as an icebreaker or meeting starter to encourage participants to think about their self-care.
25 Self-Care Ideas
Find simple ways to incorporate self-care into your daily life.
What about you: Self-care for caregivers
Use this workbook to learn how to identify, measure and manage stress.
The Infant Death Center is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public, MCH Title V Services Block grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation.