March 2013 - Navigating Life’s Transitions
Life is full of transitions. Some of these are anticipated, welcome, joyous occasions. Others are sudden, unexpected, tragic. Some are a mix of happy and sad. But they occur nonetheless, starting the day we are born. As we journey through life, we go off to the first day of school, the first sleep-over, the birth of a sibling, childhood illness. Then there is first love, transition from home, employment, marriage, children, new jobs and communities. Many of these transitions are marked by growth and change. For some of you there have been wars and immigration, loss of family members. And now in the last third of life, it may seem that many transitions are losses—of partners, career, good health, independence.
We talk a lot at PSRC about supporting people through life transitions. What does this mean? It means staff listening attentively when someone needs to talk. It means building peer support and community in every activity at PSRC. It means offering professional guidance through individual and family consultations and support groups. It means connecting you to services that will help you adapt to the changes in your life. It means building resilience, that ability to cope with stress and adversity. Resilience often develops with experience. It can come from the inner reserves of faith, outlook, attitude and personality. It can grow with support from family and friends.
As you continue on this journey of life, you will likely experience several more transitions. Have you thought about some of the changes that might lie ahead and what you would do? Planning ahead and being flexible in adapting a plan can make a big difference. Think about past experiences and the coping skills that have helped you through. What is the source of your resilience? Where do you turn for strength? Do you let friends and family help, or try go it alone? Whom can you enlist to help with the things that are most challenging for you? Talk to a PSRC Care Coordinator who can support you and help you get the resources you need.
When I meet with someone going through a difficult life transition, I listen carefully to how you experience the change, trying not to impose my own assumptions. I want to hear about the aspects that are most distressing and how you are coping. I want to acknowledge the things that are working, because sometimes it is hard to find strengths amidst the grief and fear. Perhaps there are coping skills that you have used in the past that can be applied now. I want to help create an action plan that will help you through the transition, to grow from the experience, to feel more resilient.
For example, I recently talked with a widow who felt overwhelmed by the paperwork that needed to be done and was very lonely after her husband’s death. I was able to connect her with professionals who help with paperwork, as well as the AARP tax aides, and encouraged her to think about the social benefits of living in a community and participating more in PSRC activities. She was grateful for the support and ready to take the first step.
Together we can navigate life transitions.
Susan W. Hoskins LCSW
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