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Handling a Loved One’s Illness



Coping with the illness of a loved one can bring enormous stress and anxiety. Whether the patient is part of a family or a close friend, whether they are nearby or far away, whether their illness is short- or long-term, our desire to reduce the suffering and aid in the recovery remains strong. Nevertheless, there are a myriad of factors that can start to weigh us down, whether practical matters of finances and logistics or emotional ones of grief and burnout. Learning to balance our desire to help with our need to be helped in turn can be tricky when we feel we must be an ever-giving well of support to those we love.

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Helping Child Cope with Parent’s Illness | Child Anxiety

No child should suffer depression and anxiety without help, seek professional help for you and your child and here’s some resources for educating yourself along the way.

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The Selfish Pig’s Guide to Caring

Hugh Marriott has written a humorous self-help manual that brings into the open everything the author wishes he’d been told when he first became a carer (aka caregiver), a job that is long, lonely, and difficult yet there is limited support and no formal training.

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Coping with Anticipatory Grief

Coping with anticipatory grief is different than coping with the grief after someone dies (conventional grief). You may have mixed feelings as you find yourself in that delicate place of maintaining hope, while at the same time beginning to let go.

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An Uncertain Inheritance: Writers on Caring for Family

A collection of essays from some of the country’s most accomplished writers, An Uncertain Inheritance offers both companionship and guidance to the people who find themselves caring for their intimates.

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Living in the Limbo of Chronic Illness

Last week was the one-year anniversary of the beginning of my husband’s health crisis. As I gaze at the permanent handicap placard and at him sleeping, once again, on the couch, I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned this past year.

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Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction

“What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong?” Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery.

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When Your Loved One Has Chronic Fatigue

It’s the rare person who doesn’t need help coping with the stress, fatigue, and frustrations that chronic fatigue syndrome can bring. As a caregiver, you’ll need to learn all you can about chronic fatigue support.

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In Sickness as in Health: Helping Couples Cope with the Complexities of Illness

When illness invades the couple relationship, partners ask themselves and each other some really hard questions: “What do I want to do for this person whom I have loved for many years?” “How much of my life do I give up to take care of my beloved?” While writing In Sickness as in Health,...

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What to Say to Someone Who’s Very Sick

Expert advice on finding the right words, listening well, and getting specific about offers of help.

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Walks through Heaven with Dad: A Young Man’s Experience with Lewy Body Dementia

Daniel Woytowich’s father was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia while he was still in college. This memoir tells the story of the diagnosis of, acceptance of, and journey through the terrible illness that is dementia.

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