Caregiver Stress: The Role of Spirituality in the Lives of Family/Friends and Professional Caregivers of Cancer Patients

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Abstract

Caring for loved ones or patients who have chronic or serious illness or disability can be one of the most challenging times in a personal or professional caregiver’s life. The experience is filled with so many challenging events that can result in emotional, physical, social, and spiritual changes, not only in the patient, but also in those who care for the patient. These changes can create considerable challenges for those involved in the caring process. However, the changes can also offer an opportunity for growth, fulfillment, and deepening of relationships. However, there is no simple roadmap to follow in learning how to care for others so that the positives outweigh the negatives. The changes that occur in patients and in caregivers are unpredictable; often resolutions are not easy to find.

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