Caregiving

Serving as a family caregiver, whether during a health crisis or chronic illness, is a noble, honorable and magnificent act of love. But caregiving can also be relentless, isolating and sometimes scary to have so much responsibility. At CaringBridge, we honor the selflessness of caregiving, and the parents, spouses, siblings, adult children and dear friends thrust into the role, often without warning, when life turns on a dime.

Caregiving

3 Tips for Managing Money After the Death of a Loved One

Losing a loved one is never an easy thing to go through. It’s an emotionally difficult time, and having to think about managing money is the last thing many of us want to do. But what if you lose a loved one, and you are in charge of managing their assets after they pass? It… Read More

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Tips to be a Great Patient Advocate

Navigating a diagnosis and treatment plan can be frustrating and confusing. But what if you could take steps to be a great advocate for yourself or a loved one? Dr. Emil Lou, an oncologist with a passion for patient advocacy, shares some tips below. Patient Advocacy Tips Take a Deep Breath. When someone is diagnosed,… Read More

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With Courage Comes Strength

Supporting my friend and her husband as he died of ALS was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.  But I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It all began seven years ago when I met a new friend named Lecia. Her husband, Jim, had recently been diagnosed with a terminal and extremely… Read More

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Tips for Caring for the Caregiver in Your Life
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Caring for the Caregiver

When a person is sick, the focus is on them. But illness happens to the family. It happens to you. Well-meaning friends and relatives may say to those caring for a loved one with a serious illness that “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” But you do not have to handle it… Read More

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Putting Pain in the Past: Palliative Care

Several years ago, I met a young woman (I will call her Catherine) who received a new diagnosis of leukemia. Not surprisingly, she and her family were overwhelmed with the news. She had always been so healthy. While her illness was serious, she was actively in treatment and had every hope for recovery. At the… Read More

Allowing Myself to Lean In
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Allowing Myself to Lean In

When we wake up in the morning, most of us can predict what life will look like. As our eyes begin to open and our brain begins to function, we awake with some semblance of a general understanding of what the day may hold for us. Unless one moment disrupts any normalcy that once existed and… Read More

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