This afternoon, I returned to work at one of the nursing homes where I provide psychological services. I didn’t feel up to working a full day, the day immediately after my mother’s funeral.
So many staff members expressed their condolences regarding the recent loss of my mother. This was very comforting.
There were definitely countertransference issues involved with seeing several of my female residents this afternoon. This was especially true for a resident who happens to be the same age that my mother was when she recently passed away.
Nevertheless, I’m glad that I resumed working today. It provided some much-needed structure during this period of immense loss. It’s always gratifying when my residents express their appreciation for my visits.
The residents whom I see continue to feel very upset about the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are increasingly anxious, depressed, and lonely.