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Ruth Anne,
What a great but complicated question! First a short summary of what I know about the stages of grief from working with my clients, who are family members with a loved one who was formerly a high functioning person, such as an attorney, senior executive, and investigative news reporter. These family members have a planned trajectory for their lives with their loved one diagnosed with memory. It can be as simple as vacations every year or more complex such as building a family compound or the passing of a business from the founder to the next generation. No matter when the disease strikes, these trajectories come to an often abrupt halt. The family members are left with an uncertain future, exacerbated by the severity of the disease and the cost of caregiving. Adult children may be forced to provide more care for their parent with memory loss than for their young children. Family members are left realizing that their plans for the future are no longer possible. Then adult children as well as others, find themselves grieving over the slow disintegration of their loved as they become a person who is unable to recognize their adult children. Their grief is compounded as they watch family friends drift away. Along the way. they must cope with the unknown duration and progression of their loved one's disease. Family members and other involved caregivers must cope with the grief of their loved one' death and the aftermath of restarting life without their loved one. This process for all involved is riddled with grief and loneliness.
Our team wanted the empathy training to result in authentic responses of empathy and the training to be reproducible. However, it seems to me that empathy is a bit like pornography or good taste. You can't strictly define it, but you know it when you see it. Thus the first step of this project would be to identify how empathy can be appropriately expressed by the range of caregivers. To do this, I or experienced in-depth interviewers would interview experts in empathy measurement and training as well as those involved with training in memory care facilities. Then the same approach would be used with a range of family members. We would also consult with grief experts at this stage to learn about best practices. IMO, about 25-35 in-depth interviews would be needed.
The next phase would be to develop effective expressions of empathy for types of caregivers. These phrases would be scripted into draft training modules and then tested with family members. With their feedback, we would refine the training modules and further develop the Empathy Bootcamp" discussed above. To standardize this training so it is reproducible, we would employ actors to play family members and professional caregivers in the training vignettes and training videos. With regard to grief training, our team needs to learn about the conditions/situation when grief training and empathy training should be combined. We would rely on the insights from grief experts and training experts for this aspect because the need for empathy as a way to treating the grieving process is a special type of expertise that our team lacks experience at this time.
if you have questions or comment that would improve our team's idea, please let us know. Likewise, if I did not reply to your question, please tell me. Also if you are interested in joining our team, let me know.
Thank you for your interest in this idea.

Kate
if your are interested in becoming a team member, pls let me know. I apologize for the many typing errors in my response as I am using my iPhone.

I am so glad you want to join this team. I would like to know more about the ways you could contribute to its development. look forward to hearing from you.