Coping with Grief

06-24-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

Caregivers soon learn that caregiving becomes an emotional roller coaster as they experience a variety of emotions.  One difficult emotion to handle is that of grief as the caregiver realizes his/her loved one is declining. This type of grief is called anticipatory grief as it anticipates the feelings the caregiver may experience upon the death of the loved one.  Many times the caregiver will not realize she/he is in the grips of anticipatory grief. Research conducted in the area of grief has shown that mourners experience grief on many emotional levels including denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance. These emotions can occur in any order and return at various times, and these emotions can occur before the loss actually happens.  One of the most difficult things to do in life is to watch a loved one slip away and know that all efforts to stop the decline have failed. Caregivers in this situation need to step back and take time for self-care. This may include seeing a therapist or even attending a grief support group that can help the caregiver understand his/her feelings.

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Asking for Help

06-17-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

One of the hardest things for family caregivers to accept is the reality that they may not be able to care for their loved ones without assistance from others. Many caregivers feel embarrassed or guilty when they realize they cannot do everything. Once this realization sets in, the next step is to ask for assistance from caring, concerned friends and family members. Many times this does not happen because caregivers are too overwhelmed to figure out how others can assist.

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Caring for the Caregiver Part 3

06-10-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

For the past three weeks, we have been exploring some ideas of how 24/7 caregivers can work self-care time into their busy caregiving schedules. Several options have been presented including hiring professional caregivers, asking family and friends to visit the care receiver while the caregiver takes a break, and taking the loved one to an adult day care center.

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Caring for the Caregiver Part 2

06-03-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

For the past two weeks, we have been exploring some ideas of how 24/7 caregivers can work self-care time into their busy caregiving schedules. The first option discussed was asking a family member or friend to relieve the caregiver so that he/she can take a break. A variation of that option was presented – hiring someone to take care of the care recipient and getting reimbursed for up to $300 in a three-month period from the Arizona Caregiver Coalition. A second option explored last week was to have friends come do activities with the care receiver or take him/her to lunch while the caregiver takes time for self-care.

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