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Heart Disease: Finding Strength During Tough Times

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    Caring for an ill or elderly loved one requires tremendous amounts of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy. As such, caregivers should be mindful of the psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual aspects of health and illness, as well as the effects of these factors on themselves and their loved ones.

    For example, if spiritual matters have been an important part of your life and/or the life of your loved one, it is important to provide opportunities for spiritual experiences, even if you can't attend religious services. Some suggestions include:

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    • Read passages from religious books.
    • Arrange for a religious leader (for example, a minister or rabbi) to visit.
    • Play traditional music.
    • Watch religious services on television.
    • Continue meaningful rituals, such as prayers before meals.
    • Enjoy a sunrise or sunset together.
    • Pray together.
    • Sing familiar songs.
    • Use services and liturgies that the person remembers.

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    Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on May 26, 2014
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