What's the Worst Caregiving Emotion?

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What's the Worst Caregiving Emotion?

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sunday_storm2-thumb-450x287-160317Last night, on Your Caregiving Journey, our panel of family caregivers joined me to answer this question: What's the worst caregiving emotion?

@ejourneys, @jbones1961 (Jane) and @kreisler (Richard) agreed that fear is the worst for them. @gail called to join the discussion and share that, for her, shame is the worst. We had a fascinating discussion about fear, which you can listen to via the player below.

I'd love to know: For you, what's the worst caregiving emotion? Please share your thoughts in our comments section, below.


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Bob

Dear Gail: I deeply appreciate the very lovingly-kind things you said. Thanks for lifting my spirits. When I went to Church today, I felt God's presence and felt at peace inside. Bless you Gail....You are a dear cyber-pal to me. Stay well, my friend ((Hugs)) Bob

Bob

I would say the pain that both my wife and I feel over the loss of the life we had when things were okay. There are so many other emotions. This topic would make a good blog for me to do. Jane and Gail, I struggle with guilt and shame as well about many things during my caregiving journey. Shame means I'm bad for actions I might have taken that I didn't feel good about. I try to frame same as regret over actions or behaviors in which I feel I inadvertently hurt or caused pain to someone. Guilt, for me, often comes when I feel I'm not doing enough or I'm extremely exhausted and not at my best in doing what needs to get done or in missing some time in being able to see my wife because of competing responsibilities I can't ignore.