What Makes Respiratory Therapists Valuable

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Coping with the death of a family member

Allow Yourself to Grieve

One of the most important things you can do when faced with the death of a loved one is to allow yourself to grieve. You may experience shock, anger, sadness, and can even feel lost or helpless. This is normal, but it is necessary to express these feelings because keeping them in will only lessen your ability to cope.

Talk to your family and friends about what you are feeling. It is likely that they are feeling the same emotions as you and talking about it will help you cope and find closure. Talking about your loved one after their death is also a great way to honor their memory and help you appreciate the moments you had with them. There are other ways to honor them as well, including donating to their favorite charities, planting a tree in their memory, or spending time with family to share stories and reminisce with photos of fun times. These kinds of activities, while they may seem difficult, will help you find closure and acceptance.

When you experience the death of a family member, you will be filled with many emotions and may also be required to do things like make funeral arrangements or work with their estate planners to carry out their final will. During this time, it is imperative that you take care of yourself and not neglect your needs – eat well, get plenty of rest, and try to continue doing the things that bring you joy. Whether this is exercise or spending time with friends, this will help you cope and keep a level head while dealing with other responsibilities.


It is easy to say that the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic have been the efficient frontline workers who have tirelessly worked to keep everyone healthy and safe no matter the conditions. While many doctors and various nurses have received a lot of recognition for their services, many other professionals in the healthcare industry have remained unseen.

Respiratory therapists, despite being on the frontlines and playing a huge role, have not received enough recognition for how hard they have worked to provide care to countless patients. Though, they are the reason that many patients and their loved ones made it through some very challenging years.

1. They’re on the Frontlines

As part of hospice care amenities, respiratory therapists are extremely intelligent and highly skilled professionals. They are responsible for providing care and monitoring the respiratory conditions for patients experiencing difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. They are critical to the health and wellbeing of countless patients.

Over the previous two years, around 100,000 certified respiratory therapists in the United States have been in extremely high demand.

2. They Are a Part of Many Teams

Usually, respiratory therapists work under the supervision of physicians or doctors. This is done in order to serve patients dealing with heart diseases or chronic lung conditions. However, anyone requiring respiratory support will likely encounter a respiratory therapist during their treatment. 

They are well-educated and able to provide unique care to patients.

3. They Deal with Patients of All Ages

Regardless of their age, anyone who is currently experiencing difficulty breathing or is undergoing care to manage a chronic lung condition, will depend on a respiratory therapist to get the very best out of their recovery. 

This means that respiratory therapists are experienced and knowledgeable enough to care for both newborn babies and elderly folk who are currently in long-term care facilities.

The bottom line is that respiratory therapists are essentially the backbone of the medical community. They do such hard work to care for their patients and provide the best care possible. Everyone deserves access to the best resources as they age.

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