Tuesday, March 26, 2019

State of the Heart Social Worker Reflects on Her Career During National Social Workers Month

In honor of National Social Workers Month, State of the Heart Hospice Social Worker Ashlee Rogers shares what being a social worker in a hospice setting means to her.
I graduated from Ashland University with my bachelor degree. I have been a SW for 19 years. I have worked in Hospice care for 13 of those years.

I was so excited to return to Hospice care when I moved back to Darke County, where I was raised. When people ask me what type of work I do, I sometimes find myself pausing for a moment before I answer as I know the reaction that I am going to get, “Wow, how do you do that, really, isn’t that hard?” My answer is always a confident and proud “Yes, I am blessed to work in Hospice care; this is what I have been called to do.”

I am honored to be able to walk with patients and families through their end of life journey; to provide comfort, reassurance and stability, and support. It is a privilege to do this type of social work. Through the years and many learning experiences while working in Hospice care, I now have a deep reverence for life. Hospice work is not just about helping someone die with dignity, peace, and comfort, but it is about affirming one’s life. I feel so blessed every day to be a part of a team that is dedicated, compassionate, and gives all of themselves to honor the lives of our patients. I often feel that I have received far more than what I have given during my Hospice career.

I will always be thankful for the life lessons and many blessings I have received from my patients and families about living life and having faith.

This is why I am honored and proud to be a Hospice Social Worker.

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