What Are They Going Through?

Everyone is different.

People deal with illnesses differently. You may not always understand why your loved one is reacting in a certain way.

But there are some things you can do to help:

Listen.

The person may not feel ready to talk about their feelings. Respect that and be there for them as a comforting presence, ready to listen at any time.

Learn.

Read about your loved one’s condition or procedure, and be sure to ask the medical team if you have any questions.

Be There.

As the caretaker, don’t let yourself become overwhelmed or distant from your loved one. Figure out what you can handle and commit to doing it to the best of your ability.