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The Hidden Blessings of Being a Stressed-out Caregiver

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“She often still asks for a 'safe arrival' call when one of us leaves to go home,” said Gail. “That's the kind of mom she was.”

Reflection on the meaning and blessings inherent in losing oneself in the care of another person can strengthen caregivers to their task.

As Viktor Frankl wrote in “Man’s Search For Meaning”:

“In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.”

Reviewed July 29, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

1) Theoretical Perspectives Concerning Positive Aspects of Caring for Elderly PersonsWith Dementia: Stress/Adaptation and Existentialism. gerontologist.OxfordJournals.com. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/37/2/250.full.pdf+html

2) Stuart Stress Adaptation Model NursingPlanet.com. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
http://nursingplanet.com/theory/Stuart_Stress_Adaptation_Model.html

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Thanks for articulating the other side of caregiving. I know what it feels like, but I have never seen it so beautifully expressed.
Your article does highlight how much it means to have the responsibility shared. Only children (as well as those with less than cooperative sibs) should plan ahead for other sources of physical, social, and emotional support.

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