The holiday season is typically associated with love, happiness, and joy. However, for a person or family who has recently experienced a loss, it can be difficult to find joy during the holidays. Whether the emotional distress is due to a loss from death, or from a transition such as a child moving away to school or getting married and beginning their new life, there are many instances where grief can overshadow the once-joyful holiday season.
Each year, more and more people are caring for loved ones with a chronic condition, disability, or the effects of old age. The Caregiver Action Network reports that as many as 90 million people in the United States have taken on the role of caregiver, with two out of every five adults being caregivers in some way, shape or form.
November is National Family Caregivers Awareness month. In 2013, 39% of all Americans were caring for a loved one who was sick or disabled, a 9% increase from 2010.
November is National Family Caregivers Awareness month. Each year, the caregiver population grows as more and more people take on the role and devote themselves to helping loved ones with a chronic condition, disability, or who are struggling with the effects of age.
The physical and emotional stress of caregiving can be huge. If you have a friend or loved one who has taken on the role of caregiver, take some time out this month to recognize them for their compassion. Here are a few suggestions that may help you recognize the caregiver in your life:
November is National Alzheimers Disease Awareness Month in addition to National Caregiver Month. In the United States alone there are estimated to be more than 15 million Alzheimers and Dementia caregivers.
Sometimes the best thing to say is"_ nothing! Just your presence says enough. The fact is that there is really nothing you can say. Do something nice for the individual"_ feed them.
"That's Why They Call It Comfort Food"
When I came up with the www.sympathyfood.com concept, I researched sympathy gifts. What I found was that if you wanted to send an alternative to flowers, you better be prepared to send a fruit or gift basket. Have you ever received a gift basket? The last fruit basket I received was when I had surgery a few years ago. It was appreciated but it was more of a token gift that basically sat in my hospital room and went to waste.
It's a proven fact people don't alwayseat right when they are going through a difficult time. Food has always been such a welcome sympathy gift. We all have our favorite dishes and recipes that we like to share. But often times schedules or distance doesn't allow us to prepare and deliver them ourselves. One important consideration in sending food is always how it is prepared and by whom. Let me tell you a little about our food. We take pride in sourcing only the finest natural ingredients.
Check out today's edition of "America Now" with Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic
After 27 years as a Funeral Director, I can't tell you how many times I've heard people attempt to "say something" to a grieving person to express their feelings of condolences. I once heard a sweet elderly lady try to comfort a mother who had just lost an infant after a long illnes, with these words. "Your baby is in a much better place now....I know how you feel, Ihad two miscarriages when I was young." The only place that young mother wanted her child was in her arms and no......the well-intentioned ladydidn't know exactly how she felt.