Long-Term Illness

Death, after long-term illness, typically generates additional issues to over come. Often times so much energy was spent on hoping for a cure–focusing on getting well–that often death was not discussed or considered. The care of a loved one over an extended period of time can leave the caregiver exhausted and without purpose after their passing. Many experience conflicting emotions. They feel relief because the loved one is no longer suffering and the burden of care has been lifted—yet they also feel guilt for having those thoughts. In addition, guilt over imperfect interactions during the extended care period and worries about whether they did enough begin to surface.

What I wanted to do
I gave three years of my life to take care of my dying mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. Being there for her every need may have looked co-dependent, but it wasn’t because it was what I wanted to do.
Melody Beattie

True Caring
One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.
Jim Rohn

  Real Stories

Daniel and Melanie Hedlund found out Daniel had cancer in December 2007, three weeks after being married.  They share how they came to terms with either outcome.

  From Our Blog on Illness

  1. I Once Was Lost, But Now Am Found – Overcoming Grief Through Service

    I Once Was Lost, But Now Am Found – Overcoming Grief Through Service

    One of my favorite hymns is Amazing Grace. I find myself humming the music when I am stressed. The sweet and poignant message brings incredible hope. Most often, we associate the idea of being “lost” with having wandered away from childhood teachings, “spiritually lost;” or losing an object, “I lost my keys;”...

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