ABSTRACT

Coaches are human beings too, human beings with feelings and emotions who interrelate with others and who also have their own stories and narratives. Coaches also grieve and go through bereavement. It is important to respect life itself, its cycles, regardless of whose lives we are talking about. Self-care is twofold. The coach who is bereaved and therefore needs to face that and deal with the bereavement, and the continuous self-care for the professional. Self-care encompasses caring emotionally for ourselves. Self-caring is a commitment to oneself, to excellence, regardless of profession. The American physician, John Travis, first presented the illness-wellness continuum in 1972. The dance that takes place between coach and client through the client's bereavement journey is a dance that provides for both parties; not only the client but also the coach because he becomes more whole and resourceful by helping others in this journey.