Renewal and Remembrances
There is a downside to caregiving and that is burnout. It is not unexpected that caregivers may experience new or renewed health problems of their own. Compassion fatigue is a type of burnout characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time. Some level of burnout can be expected in every person who has served as a caregiver even for a short time. There are a variety of options for family caregivers to become renewed following their time of caregiving. One of the more common feelings experienced after a period of caregiving is loneliness. Every caregiver’s situation is unique, but self-care is an essential part of a caregiver’s renewal. Hospice attempts to create a balance in the life of the soon-to-die and their survivors by recognizing and sharing the good in each other’s lives.
KeywordsGrief groups Health of caregivers Resolving differences Trauma in caregivers
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