Blog: Self Development Coaching

Family Caregiving and Chronic Sorrow

For adults living with and/or providing care for a chronically ill family member, is it normal to be in a state of chronic sorrow? Prior to providing you with my response to this question, I want to share with you the following excerpt from my book, 'Keeping It Together' raising the issue of chronic sorrow in relation to a grief reaction to loss stemming from a family members chronic illness.... The impact from a death related situational loss can range from minimal to significant. Research has shown that people can die of a broken heart. There is a treatable condition called the broken heart syndrome with symptoms similar to a heart attack caused by severe tense circumstances such as grief.

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