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Care for the Caregiver : 12 Tips for Overcoming Loss


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Dealing with grief is essential in order to come to terms with the loss of a loved one and move forward. While each caregiver deals with loss in his or her own way, there is help on the horizon.

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Care for the Caregiver : 12 Tips for Overcoming Loss

  1. 1. Care for the Caregiver12 Tips for Overcoming Loss
  2. 2. Some caregivers at first feel numb and disoriented, then yearn for theperson who died.• Others feel anxious and have trouble sleeping, possibly dwelling on old disagreements and wishing they could have said more before the passing.• Caregivers may have sudden crying outbursts when remembering their loved one.• A loved one’s death can even compound problems for a caregiver who experienced caregiver burnout, which is the progression of stresses, physical, emotional, financial, psychological and social, to the point where he or she feels “burned out.”
  3. 3. Dealing with grief is essential in order to come to terms with the loss ofa loved one and move forward.While each caregiver deals with loss in his or her own way, there is help onthe recently featured a2-part series that examined 12 insights into grieving from Therese A.Rando, Ph.D. and provided the following
  4. 4. 11 Your grief is as personal and unique as your fingerprint; no one elsewill have the same bereavement experience as you and there is not one“correct” way to respond to loss.Suggestion:Do not let anyone tell you how you need to grieve or
  5. 5. 22 You are dealing with more than one loss when your loved one dies.Suggestion:Work to revise your perspective because elements of it are no longervalid or have been shattered because of your loved one’s
  6. 6. 33 The depth and breadth of your acute grief reactions to the loss ofyour loved ones should not be underestimated.Suggestion:Remembering that this is a process and not a state you will stay stuck in,give yourself permission to express your reactions in ways that work
  7. 7. 44 Grief does not solely affect your emotions and does not mean thatyou will only be sad.Suggestion:Expect that you will be affected in all, or many, areas of your
  8. 8. 55 Your acute grief entails your having to gradually learn the reality ofyour loved one’s loss, and to appreciate that you cannot grasp that factor its implications without sufficient time and experiences to “teach”you.Suggestion:Expect that it will take you many months or even years before you cantruly and permanently grasp that your loved one is
  9. 9. 66 Grief is not the same as mourning, and you need to do more to copewith your loved one’s death than just express your feelings.Suggestion:Express your grief reactions, but recognize there is more work to
  10. 10. 77 The circumstances of your loved one’s death will have a profoundinfluence on you.Suggestion:If your loved one died from an illness, develop an accurate appreciationof how illness can affect those left behind, and look for ways to rejointhe world if you had spent much of your time
  11. 11. 88 Your grief reactions will not proceed in a fixed sequence, will notnecessarily decline consistently over time or be over in a year and willnot fail to come up again once they subside.Suggestion:Give yourself permission to have your reactions unfold withoutautomatically thinking you are backtracking if you feel worse afterfeeling
  12. 12. 99 It is a myth that healthy mourning means totally “letting go” of yourlost loved one.Suggestion:Discover ways that are healthy and personally meaningful to you inwhich you can maintain appropriate connections with your loved one,recognizing that others may think this is
  13. 13. 1010 Others will not necessarily understand what you are going throughor know how to reach out and support you.Suggestion:Ask for what you need from
  14. 14. 1111 Because children do not respond exactly like adults does not meanthey don’t need to be given information about the death, or to beincluded in the family’s activities and discussions around it.Suggestion:Operate with the knowledge that children do grieve and mourn, andthat you need to find the most effective ways to support
  15. 15. 1212 Many mourners have the wrong notion about what “recovery”means.Suggestion:Look for specific ways in which you can transcend this event. In otherwords, work to make something good happen out of
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