This morning on Your Caregiving Journey, Anna Stookey joined me to discuss the relationship of pain to suffering. Pain is a part of life; does suffering have to be a part of the pain equation? You can listen to our show via the player below.
Caregiving is a painful experience–there’s no doubt about it. When the pain becomes about suffering, then it seems the painful experience takes everything from you—perspective, sense of humor, choices, options, confidence, hope, faith. Suffering intensifies the pain, making life all about the painful experience. Suffering seems to silence any of life’s blessings.
Anna and I discussed some strategies you can use to minimize your suffering in order to better manage a painful experience. We talked about curiosity, which can help you disengage from the drama of the suffering.
So, I wonder: When have you suffered in caregiving? When have you felt like the pain of caregiving swallowed you? Please share your story, and how you worked through it, in our comments section below.
- The Shifting Gears of Grief (caregiving.com)