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Caregiving in dementia: from resentment to forgiveness

Caregiving in dementia: from resentment to forgiveness
Caregiving in dementia: from resentment to forgiveness
The spiritual aspect of dementia care needs more attention. Caring for a person with dementia inevitably puts at times unreasonable demands upon the family carer and arouses many negative emotions, especially resentment. In this article we discuss how the Christian concept of the person is based upon relationship and that family relationships may need to be sustained from within the larger community as dementia increases in severity. We present examples of recent individual and group focused initiatives that we have piloted in Hampshire, UK, which have aimed to help dementia caregivers in transcending their feelings of hurt.
concept of the person, family relationships, caregiver burnout, emotional healing, support groups
1552-8030
93-104
Callaby, Pilar
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Coleman, Peter G.
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Mills, Marie A.
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Callaby, Pilar
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Coleman, Peter G.
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Mills, Marie A.
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Callaby, Pilar, Coleman, Peter G. and Mills, Marie A. (2012) Caregiving in dementia: from resentment to forgiveness. [in special issue: Ageing and Spirituality: Resistance, Resilience, and Change] Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging, 24 (1-2), 93-104. (doi:10.1080/15528030.2012.633053).

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The spiritual aspect of dementia care needs more attention. Caring for a person with dementia inevitably puts at times unreasonable demands upon the family carer and arouses many negative emotions, especially resentment. In this article we discuss how the Christian concept of the person is based upon relationship and that family relationships may need to be sustained from within the larger community as dementia increases in severity. We present examples of recent individual and group focused initiatives that we have piloted in Hampshire, UK, which have aimed to help dementia caregivers in transcending their feelings of hurt.

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Published date: 10 January 2012
Keywords: concept of the person, family relationships, caregiver burnout, emotional healing, support groups
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 355159
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/355159
ISSN: 1552-8030
PURE UUID: d30fa42f-068b-4c95-b72c-ee595e6e9a2c

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2013 11:46
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 03:49

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Author: Pilar Callaby
Author: Marie A. Mills

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