Being kind to yourself

You may be finding the care of your loved one or friend a trying experience. This is fairly common.

Carers often experience what is known as ‘compassion fatigue’ – exhaustion due to the strain of providing constant care.

The word ‘compassion’ comes from the Latin compassio, which means ‘suffering along with’. You are accompanying your loved one on what may be a difficult final journey, which is likely to also be a painful path for you too. This is one of the greatest gifts you can give a person.

As a result, it’s not selfish to have your own worries or to admit that you too are finding things hard.

Additional resources

Living with the knowledge that death is close at hand can take a huge emotional toll. These resources will help you through the experience of facing death.