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How Spirituality Helps Caregivers Cope

Spirituality can mean different things to a caregiver depending upon their personal beliefs and background. While one person may prefer quiet meditation, another may find peace in a crowded praise room. Regardless of a person’s spiritual preferences, it can be beneficial to know that spirituality can have a tremendous impact upon a caregiver’s ability to cope as they provide care to a terminally ill loved one.

Personal Growth and Finding Meaning

When life sends us challenging situations, it can be easy to get caught up in self-pity as you question why it is happening to you or your loved one. Yet, knowing that there is a higher purpose can help you step out of that trap and enjoy personal growth. As you care for your loved one, seek meaning in your caregiver role, and know that you have been given this mission for a reason. Enhanced personal relationships, strengthened bonds, and resilience are a few benefits of your role that a spiritual practice can help you discover.

Acceptance During the End Stages

Caring for a terminally ill person during the end stages often brings up emotional responses regarding what happens after a loved one passes, particularly for around-the-clock caregivers. It is also normal for family and friends to cling to their loved one and dread the final goodbye. Spirituality can help with this process by allowing a person to accept a natural stage in life. Whether you speak with a clergy member or have them perform a ritual in your loved one’s room, you can find peace that only comes through accepting this next stage of spiritual development.

Tips for Keeping Your Faith

During trying times, it can be hard to maintain your spiritual practices due to time constraints or feelings of depression. Try to carve out specific times during the day, even if that means regular caregiver respite care, when you can say a quick prayer, meditate or read a motivational passage. Join or reconnect with a religious group in your community that can serve as a resource during times when your faith is waning, and remember that even redirecting your focus toward acceptance can have tremendous benefits for your wellbeing.

Balancing your feelings with your loved one’s care needs in his or her final stages can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. At Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque, we understand how difficult this time is for families and provide help with the everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning, personal grooming, and running errands so you and your family can spend more time with your loved one without being distracted by to-do lists. For more information, please call 505-798-0800 and speak with a dedicated Care Manager today.