Caregiver Support

Caring for a loved one who has a terminal illness is extremely difficult, but reflects the self-giving love of Christ. To be a caregiver is to engage in life-giving and selfless work.  This work, however, does not need to be an all-intensive or solitary undertaking; there are ways for caregivers to practice self-care, and some support systems are available to help.

It is very important for caregivers to take time for self-care in order to continue supporting loved ones. Just as Christ wandered alone to pray many times in his ministry of healing, so too must caretakers regularly schedule time to reflect and refresh their spirits.   

If you are a caregiver for a loved one, give yourself the credit that you deserve for your hard work. It is difficult to provide quality care when you are tired, frustrated, sad, or generally burnt-out. Consider incorporating the following methods for self-care into your routine:

  • Do not be afraid to ask for help, especially when it is offered. Again, you do not need to do everything by yourself. 
  • Take time to yourself.  Go take a walk, see a movie, take a bath, get a massage, play golf, or get coffee with friends. 
  • Make a practice of incorporating stress-relieving activities into your day; it is important for your mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • Do something that you want to do, not need to do, every day.
  • Make time for spiritual support and critical reflection.  This is an important moment in the life of your loved one, and your involvement in that is beautifully integral. 

Take time to pray while you are alone, and while you are caring for your loved one.  By remembering Jesus constantly, you may come to know the consolation of His presence.