Navigating multiple sources of grief

Look for grief support groups, therapy and even books and movies to cope with deathly ill parents, sibling.



April 21, 2020 - 9:51 AM

Hi, Carolyn: I’ve got some pretty heavy stuff to handle in the coming months. My parents both have dementia. I have power of attorney for them. Meanwhile, my sister is terminally ill. I also have three children who are close to my sister and who need to be told and helped through this. Any recommendations to help me figure out how to navigate all this? — Managing Grief

Managing Grief: I’m so sorry for the pileup.

Grief support is often more accessible and less expensive than therapy, so I’d start there. Area hospice providers can refer you to a local group; this is what they do. Also, you don’t say what your sister has, but illness-specific support organizations in general are a good resource for caregiver support — the ALS Association, for example, was there for us during my mother’s illness.

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