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Causes of Caregiver Guilt
As a family caregiver, chances are you have already felt guilty of not doing enough for your loved one who needs your support. Caregiver guilt is common for most people to experience and in majority cases, it is self-imposed. And patients with serious health issues may inflict guilt on their caregivers, even on their family members.

Caregiver support groups can help you cope with the guilt-trip and get emotional support. ExtendaTouch is one such group where you can connect with our fellow family caregivers with similar experiences. They can share useful information and ideas with you to help you liberate yourself from the feeling of guilt.

Managing Caregiver Guilt
During your caregiving journey, accepting the fact that your loved one is not well can help you overcome the feeling of guilt. Your aging parents may be angry or depressed and take out their frustration on you. As a result, you may experience burnout and physical and mental exhaustion. Family caregivers must learn to manage and overcome these negative feelings.

If you think you are not doing enough for your loved one, consider getting help from assisted living facilities or a nursing home. These facilities specialize in caring for seniors and people with serious health issues. But be sure to discuss it with your family members beforehand. Spending enough time with the care recipient at a nursing home every day or every other day can lessen your guilt. By doing so, you can also rest assured that your loved one is getting quality care.

ExtendaTouch is a support group for family caregivers to exchange free information and provide emotional support to each other. You can ask our fellow caregivers for help to manage guilt associated with caregiving.

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andyc
There comes a point when you are caring for someone you love where you must decide that letting go, so someone can find peace is humane. That is the right time to let go and realize death is part of life and happens to everyone.
mmccarter
Although I am still young, I have lost many friends and family members to numerous causes, freak accidents, and rare diseases. I have managed to pick myself up and move forward better and better each time. I believe there are specific methods that help alleviate these difficult times and struggles. It may be different for everyone, but I have found several methods and practices that have worked for me over and over.
Tom
My partner was a fighter. I always though she could beat cancer. Then when she didn't I was not prepared,to say the least. I cried for 9 months constantly. I was a 59 year old at the time and had not cried since I was a young teen. The crying eventually subsided. A positive aspect came of this. I now will tear up over the seemingly slightest things in life or on TV. I was cut off from my emotions prior to this. My Father passed, whom I loved, and I hardly shed a tear. But Dad went before my partner. Now I know time has the schedule on this and I let any want or hope of control over tears go. I have years of experience I can share if it will help.
DebM
Every now and then, caregivers just need to talk with someone who keeps confidences. Accepting the current situation and letting go can be very emotional. I'm up for providing any support I can.
zachw
I worked for a hospice company for two years and worked with families and patients cope with death and letting go.
Michellednichols
I'd be happy to chat and offer support where I can.