Caregivers, for wounded veterans or family members who are ill or aging, all share things in common.
- A sense of grief over what was lost.
- Anticipated grief over what may come or what will come.
- Fear of losing the one you love.
- Frustration over getting the help you require for the person you are taking care of.
- Feeling like you are not heard, understood, or taken seriously.
- Loss of connection with other people as you try to cope with the changes in your life.
- Loss of time and energy to take care of yourself.
- Anger that most of your energy is given to someone else leaving no room for you.
- Concern on how to balance life (caregiving, work, kids, spouse, parents, friends, self)
- Living with daily uncertainty or moment by moment changes.
- Wondering how you will go on when they are gone and handle what is required.
- Caregiver burnout.
- PTSD triggers.
- And a multitude of other emotions.
This section will provide resources to help you, as a caregiver, cope with what is, take care of yourself, and heal your life.
Hidden Heroes – Caring for Hidden Heroes, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
Mark Wolynn – Inherited Family Trauma
You can also google specific terms like Anticipatory Grief, Caregiver burner, Compassion Fatigue, etc. to find additional resources.
Energetic Healing Modalities
Reiki – Learn more at Serene Energy Healing (Jannette Ampier)
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