Preparing for the inevitable hurts, and avoiding Compassion Fatigue is essential.
Compassion Fatigue is an extreme state of tension that caregivers experience while caring for their loved ones. When a caregiver does not practice self-care and stress management, the effects are seen physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. As we anticipate the inevitable, we anticipate grief. This is known as the anticipatory grieving process.
As a certified Grief Counselor, Josette Veltri can help carers to understand, acknowledge and learn to cope with the anticipatory grieving process.
Understanding anticipatory grief:
- does not eliminate the bereavement process. What it will do is help the caregiver to remain in the present, mindful of the moments with their loved ones before death.
- does not eliminate the steps of grieving, but helps the caregiver recognize the effects grief has on them physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.
- allows the caregiver to acknowledge their triggers and thoughts that follow.
If you or your organization are interested in starting a Caregiver Program or enhancing a current program, please call Josette Veltri at 561-372-8434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.