Certification in Compassionate Bereavement Care® Clinical Care Guidelines
These are the guiding principles for CBC certified providers:
- We believe that traumatic grief presents the most difficult and painful circumstances for individuals, families, communities, and even clinicians;
- We believe that good clinical care and compassionate communities help create a safe environment in which individuals and families are better able to cope with traumatic loss in their grief journey;
- We, as providers, commit to building relationships based on civic love and compassion with the individuals and families we help. We agree to adherence to these principals as part of theCertification in Compassionate Bereavement Care®. We will provide personalized care according to each client’s nuanced needs and their own comfort level. We agree to tender, non-coercive counseling and treatment;
- We support our clients’ participation in healthy, grief-related activities according to their comfort level;
- We trust our clients/patients know best what their own unique needs are and we do our best to meet them at that place, accommodating them on their terms, not ours;
- We respect each person’s unique grieving style and engage in mindful, nonjudgmental relationships which do not pathologize their experiences of grief and grief expressions;
- We do not diagnose or label grief as mental illness;
- We believe in family strengths and we do our best to use those to benefit our clients and their family systems;
- As clinicians, we pledge to remember and honor those who have died and stand with our families as they mourn;
- We care deeply for our clients and engage in activities which reflect such human caring;
- We believe that self-care and compassion and ongoing education are penultimate to our client’s well-being. Thus, we commit to actively engage in daily self-care and ongoing educational opportunities as providers;
- We strive to offer uniquely individualized care that creates healing environments for our clients. We are not constricted by rigid guidelines or rules which do not, ultimately, result in best care practices for our families.
- Guided by the ethics of human compassion we serve, we care, we nurture, we love.