From: Ann Blough
Subject: Request for support to protect the budget and current service level for the Calgary Grief Support and Spiritual Care service, within Alberta Health Services.
The last 13 years Volunteering at the Rockyview Hospital helping the Chaplains, grief support counsellors families with loved ones in Intensive care and intensive coronary care.
I observed first hand amazing trained professionals help people dealing with major loss and sever crisis.
Human beings who are dealing with Suicide, avalanche death,fatal accidents, asthma death and homicides experience tremendous suffering. They are patients without a bed silently screaming for help.
My first experience with some front line healers happened when going through training to work on a Suicide Crisis line years ago.
People shared in workshops an seminars how much these individuals meant to them. The respect and appreciation expressed moved me.
Decision makers please consider only 10 to 12 percent cut in these areas.
Remember we to have successful healing we have been taught to care for the body, the mind and the spirit.
Major cut in these areas will drive a nail right into heart of health care in Alberta.
If you share my views on this, I ask you to contact your local MLA as soon as possible,
Former Alderman & School Trustee