SELF-CARE WHEN CARING FOR GRIEVING PEOPLE
Are you a caregiver for another? Your Stephen Ministry team wants to remind you of the following tips to care for yourself, especially during these challenging times. By making sure our own needs are met, we can better focus on caring for others.
Address Your Own Grief and Difficult Feelings
• Give yourself time to grieve. Let yourself feel what you feel.
• Find someone else you can share your personal feelings and struggles with. Having a safe place to let out your own hurts makes it easier to focus on the grieving person.
Know Your Limits as a Caregiver
• Know your limits, and don’t push yourself to provide care when you’re struggling.
• Be open to receiving care yourself from a pastor, a Stephen Minister, or another caregiver when you need it.
Maintain Good Boundaries in Your Care
• Avoid overidentifying with the grieving person. Instead, relate with empathy, seeking to understand their experience while maintaining your own perspective.
• Don’t pressure yourself to fix the person’s grief. Your being there to listen and care is powerful on its own—you can leave the rest to God, who brings ultimate healing.
If you or someone you know could benefit from the gift of a Stephen Minister, please contact Stephen Leader, Judi Arnold (firstname.lastname@example.org, 615.579.0364) or one of the FPC Pastors.