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    How to Avoid Compassion Burnout

    By Patricia Corrigan for Next AvenueCaregivers, both professional and personal, often suffer from compassion fatigue — a syndrome also known as “secondary trauma stress.” But navigating any close, personal relationship also can lead to emotional stress and burnout.As a self-described former “black-belt people pleaser,” the Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi, a Buddhist nun, says: “Burnout may be a reflection of a society that so often looks to women to comfort thos...  Read More...

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    Ways to Vet a Caregiver or Caregiving Agency

    By Toni L. Kamins for Next AvenueRecently, The Wall Street Journal published the results of its investigation into the practices of Care.com, the country’s largest matching site for caregivers, babysitters and nannies. What it found raises serious questions for anyone who needs to hire help to care for a loved one.Care.com claims to have overhauled many questionable procedures and policies since The Wall Street Journal article in March, but the findings should make all of us think carefully abou...  Read More...

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    When Families Keep the Truth From Their Dying Loved Ones

    By Larry Patten for Next Avenue(This is a personal essay by retired pastor Larry Patten, who now works in a Fresno, Calif., hospice facility.)Answering the innocent question of what I do for a living can kill a conversation.I work in hospice services, and have visited people in their homes, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities when they have months or weeks to live.Even our patients and families want to avoid talking about my job. Often enough, a hospice staff member is asked to not wear his...  Read More...

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    A Daunting Task: Cleaning Out a Late Loved One’s Home

    By Randi Mazzella for Next AvenueAfter a parent or another loved one dies, one of the hardest tasks is cleaning out their home. Whether or not it’s the home you grew up in, the house or apartment will likely hold some memories and going through the contents can be emotionally draining.John D. Moore, a licensed psychotherapist in Chicago and editor of Guy Counseling, says, “In many cases, the child (or children) of the deceased aren’t properly prepared for the torrent of emotion...  Read More...

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    How to Effectively Communicate With Your Doctor

    By Christine Yu for Next AvenueWe’ve all been there. After waiting endlessly for a doctor’s appointment, your physician breezes in and out of the exam room, seems rushed and leaves you little time to ask questions. Before you know it, your appointment is over, and you feel like little more than a series of medical tests and health conditions.   Read More...