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Why is it important to create memories if you feel grief as a primary caregiver?

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Spend time together. It may be something as simple as an afternoon in the park or playing a board game. These activities will strengthen the bond you have, and they'll be something to hold on to after your loved one is gone.

Share memories of past good times, too. If you feel up to it, go through photo albums together or watch home movies.

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publications/HelpGuide: "When a Loved One is Terminally Ill."

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Grief and Loss."

Australian Government Department of Health/HealthDirect: "Grief before death – understanding anticipatory grief."

Visiting Nurse Service of New York: "5 Steps for Dealing with Anticipatory Grief."

AARP: "10 Ways for Caregivers to Nurture Themselves."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publications/HelpGuide: "When a Loved One is Terminally Ill."

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Grief and Loss."

Australian Government Department of Health/HealthDirect: "Grief before death – understanding anticipatory grief."

Visiting Nurse Service of New York: "5 Steps for Dealing with Anticipatory Grief."

AARP: "10 Ways for Caregivers to Nurture Themselves."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 4, 2018

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