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Title: Loss and Grief Issues for Caregivers


1
Loss and Grief Issues for Caregivers
2
Caregiver Losses
  • Job/Career
  • Home
  • Relationships

3
Ambiguous Loss
  • Loss not easily explained
  • Vague and uncertain issues
  • Physical presence with mental absence
  • Variety of causes
  • No rituals

4
Strategies
  • Acknowledge losses
  • Find time for others
  • Be realistic
  • Laugh
  • Forgive self
  • Forgive others

5
Caregiver Grief
  • Is an emotional response to loss
  • Begins anytime
  • Is different for each person
  • Is necessary

6
Types of Grief
  • Anticipatory
  • Incomplete
  • Disenfranchised
  • Stifled
  • Morbid
  • Normal

7
Behaviors Attitudes Common in Normal Grief
  • Shock, numbness, denial
  • Disorganization
  • Anger, frustration and rage
  • Helplessness and fear
  • Guilt and regret
  • Relief
  • Sadness, disbelief
  • Lower resistance to illness
  • Fatigue

8
Discussion
  • How do you acknowledge losses in your family?
  • How does your community give support when a loss
    occurs? A death?
  • Do men and women grieve differently?

9
Depression or Grief Response
  • Sadness
  • Tearfulness
  • Sleep Problems
  • Appetite Changes
  • Weight Changes

10
Grief or depression?
  • Grief
  • Moves toward recovery
  • Feels emotional pain and guilt
  • related to the loss
  • Allows laughter
  • Accepts support
  • Depression
  • Stuck in sadness
  • Increasingly unable to function
  • Expresses helplessness, hopelessness, pessimism
    and emptiness
  • No longer enjoys favorite activities
  • May resist help and support

11
Strategies
  • Understand seriousness of the illness
  • Come to terms with death
  • Share the relationship meaning
  • Bring closure to difficult past
  • Say goodbye when appropriate
  • Seek solitude
  • Allow intense feelings
  • Maintain health and friendships
  • Gather memories
  • Journal
  • Accept social support

12
Benefits of Successful Grieving
  • Increased feelings of strength and security
  • Deeper self-understanding
  • Greater capacity to understand others
  • Enriched perspective of reality
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