Stages of Grief

08-26-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

In the world of grief recovery, a commonly held idea is that a mourner moves through grief in a prescribed set of stages starting with denial and isolation, moving to anger, on to bargaining, then to depression and finally to acceptance. These emotional stages and reactions to grief were studied and identified by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Later research revealed that there is no particular order in which these emotions are experienced. In reality, some mourners do not experience all of the emotions; others experience all the emotions, but in different orders. It is even possible to cycle back and re-experience earlier occurring emotions in the grief journey.

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AARP

08-19-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

AARP is a valuable resource for caregivers. Recognizing that more and more adults are becoming caregivers for family members, they have developed a section of their website with a variety of resources for family caregivers. To check out the resources they offer, go online to www.aarp.org/caregiving. One of their resources includes a meeting for family caregivers entitled "CAREversations".

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Grieving

08-12-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

Grieving is a time of experiencing a variety of emotions as one learns to live without the deceased loved one. For months, a mourner may experience sadness, loneliness, remorse, guilt, fear, anxiety, depression and other emotions in addition to having less energy, wanting to sleep a lot or not being able to sleep at all. The world may feel like a deep, dark cave void of life. Fortunately, as time passes, little rays of light and hope begin to penetrate the darkness and the world is no longer such a forbidding place.

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Caregivers are the Eyes, Ears & Voices of their Care Receivers

08-05-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

Caregivers become the eyes, ears and voices for their care receivers as they voice their loved ones’ concerns and make sure that the medical providers understand them. Caregivers also lend their eyes and ears to the medical providers. Because caregivers know more about their loved ones’ situation than the medical providers, it is important that they continuously observe and communicate changes in the care receiver’s physical, mental, behavioral and emotional health.

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