Emotional accompaniment

In light of the changes that were forced upon us during the Corona period,
We made adjustments to the organization for remote volunteering in such a way that the assistance will be long-lasting, effective and comprehensive,
and will include creative solutions to support "remote control".

Already in the first months, we learned that social distance, especially to the group of patients at risk, creates a burning need for emotional ventilation and an attentive ear.

We have heard time and time again patients calling for assistance in exercising their rights, and emphasizing at the end of the first conversation, that they already feel helped, after unpacking their feelings and life story.

We heard about the loneliness imposed on them, about the fears and anxieties of any human contact, and on the other hand about the hunger for society and connection. And we decided to find an answer to that.

זכויות חולי סרטן

We have added a new telephone call service by volunteers from the world of care.

The volunteers come from a wide range of fields: psychotherapy, social work, psychology, personal training, art and occupational therapy, etc. They are joined by volunteers from other fields, some recovering from cancer themselves, and some with a similar family history.

Once a connection is established, the door is open, and patients feel comfortable calling when needed. The volunteers themselves, try to call to take an interest from time to time without being burdensome. The need is growing, and the conversations are especially exciting.

It is important to emphasize that this is not psychiatric treatment, but ventilation talks and a listening ear. The difference between the two is in the level of therapeutic interventions - when we recognize that emotional therapy is needed, we refer it to relevant professionals.

Stories from emotional accompaniment

Naomi (pseudonym) is a very lonely older woman to whom all her children and grandchildren have been estranged since the divorce. After her application to Tamar, an emotional support volunteer was attached to her (who is also lonely and older, and in this volunteering she finds comfort and friendship), together they opened things up, and reached an understanding. They even discovered a common denominator – they both lived in the same place as children. Following the talks n. The patient picked up the phone to her family and tried to reconnect.

Deborah (pseudonym), a woman in a home hospice, receives daily calls from a Yad Tamar volunteer from an emotional support team, d. Talks to her about the fears of death, calls her in anxiety attacks, and practices breathing and relaxation with her. Her volunteer son said that on one occasion d. She said to her: I love you!

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