Grieving for the Living
We miss our parents, but they’re still here.
It’s not easy wanting support from our parents — but now they need our support instead. Being an adult child or family caregiver means having less support but more responsibility. We want to look to our parents for guidance, as they may have always provided, but instead they are looking upon us for support. Especially when there is cognitive decline, we experience mourning over the loss of someone who is still alive.
Three key takeaways from this episode:
- It is especially isolating to lose a loved one who is still alive.
- “The only constant in life is change,” – Heraclitus
- Finding support groups and other ways to connect with people who are also sandwiched can have huge benefits.
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