Caregiving is filled with many emotions. Rayna Neises, ACC, your host, talks with Laura Beth DeHority, a Licences Marriage and Family Therapist, who specializes in supporting caregivers. Emotions are a big part of caregiving but often a silent part. Laura Beth shares about the many emotions experienced by caregivers and what anticipatory grief looks like.
Fear- of present, past, and futureAnger- the most passionate of the caregiver emotionsGuilt- caused by thoughts that you haven't done enough for your loved oneDoubt and Confusion- irrational thoughts that are the outgrowth of fear, powerlessness, overwhelm, and guilt.Bargaining- a tool used to move past the guiltIsolation and Abandonment- feeling all alone, though you aren'tOverwhelm- exhausted and lost the ability to ask for or receive helpDespair- sudden waves of pain, fear, and overwhelmCrisis of Identity-feeling confused as to your purpose, your passion and who you are as a personResentment-a feeling of unfairness or irritation at the situationDenial- avoiding the pain and disappointments involved in caregivingAnticipatory Grief
The loss of hope due to the ramificationThe stages are the same as other griefComponents of healthy grieving
Spiritual timePhysical activityFocused/ productive timeActive playtimeInactive downtimeConnection with supportive people