Welcome to Module 5, Session 1

Caregiver Support for Understanding Caregiver Grief

Step 1 of Caregiver Support for Understanding Caregiver Grief

Watch: “Intro to Understanding Grief”

Introducing strategies to help people understand and cope with caregiver grief.

There are overwhelming losses and grief associated with diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Caregivers often grieve numerous losses over long periods of time before a loved one dies. The grieving process after death is different.

Step 2 of Caregiver Support Getting Started

Watch: “Madelyn Grieves”

Caregiver Speaker Elaine Sanchez shares a story from her book, “Letters from Madelyn” to help caregivers understand the process of Preparatory Grief.

Caregivers go through many stages of grief as they witness the steady decline of a loved one who’s had a stroke or is suffering with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s other types of progressive and degenerative diseases.

Elaine K Sanchez, helps caregivers understand that Preparatory Grief requires continual adjustments to ongoing changes, and that this process is quite different from grief after death.

This is the second of four videos about understanding and coping with grief on CaregiverHelp.com.

Step Number 4

Watch: “Grief: Is There No End to This?”

Strategies for helping caregivers understand and cope with Preparatory Grief.

Strategies for helping caregivers understand and cope with Preparatory Grief, which is the process they go through while caring for someone who has a progressive and degenerative disease.
This type of grief is different from the grief process after death in that it requires continual adjustments to ongoing losses and changes.

Caregivers grieve the losses that have already occurred. They grieve the loss of the life they had expected to have, and they grieve the losses they anticipate are still ahead.

This is the third in a series of four videos in the Understanding Grief module on Caregiver Help’s video-based support program.

Step 5

Watch: “Goodbye Dear Jack”

It’s important to remember that healthcare workers develop deep attachments to the people in their care, and that they experience grief when a resident dies.

Elaine Sanchez shares a story about a nurse’s grief from the journal of Dorothy Tucker

Caregiver Speaker, Elaine K Sanchez, www.EKSanchez.com, shares a real-life story about the impact the death of an old, lonely man has on the staff of professional caregivers in a nursing home. The way the people who cared for Jack responded to his death illustrates that sometimes the relationships between staff members and residents can become closer than family.

Watch: “Lila Mae and the Difficult Daughter”

The evolving relationship between Lila Mae, her daughter and the healthcare staff.

Elaine Sanchez talks about the importance of relationships between family members and nursing facility staff

Caregiver Speaker, Elaine K Sanchez, www.EKSanchez.com, shares a story from the journal of Dorothy Tucker, a nurse who worked in nursing homes and on dementia wards for 30 years.

The evolving relationship between Lila Mae, her daughter and the healthcare staff provides insights into the stress experienced by family members when they put aging parents into a nursing home and how deep and meaningful nurse patient relationships can become. It also illustrates how much the resident benefits when family members and staff can overcome their differences and learn to work together.

Watch: “An Imposter in Lila Mae’s Room”

Elaine Sanchez shares a story about a nurse’s grief and an imposter in Lila Mae’s room.

Caregiver Speaker, Elaine K Sanchez, www.EKSanchez.com, shares a story from Dorothy Tucker’s journal. Dorothy worked as a nurse in nursing homes and on dementia wards for 30 years.

This story illustrates the loving relationships that develop between nursing home staff and their residents, and how profound their grief can be when a resident dies.

Watch: “Grandpa Stan & The Laundry Lady”

Caregiver Speaker Elaine Sanchez describes how the laundry lady in a nursing facility paid her respects to Elaine’s Grandpa Stan after his death.

Elaine’s story illustrates that nursing home employees grieve the loss of their residents, and demonstrates how a simply act of kindness can impact an entire family.