SELF-CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER; TAKING CARE OF YOU
PRESENTER: Lynn Lawson
WHEN: December 07, 2016 – 1 to 3 PM.
Caregivers face a multitude of challenges in helping a loved one die at home: long-term illness, loss, grief, overwhelming stress, and frustration – to name only a few. This is compounded with an all-consuming need to care for your loved one. In this session, you will learn how important it is to take care of yourself and to find the time and resources to do so. You will learn that it is natural to feel a wide range of difficult emotions and that taking time for YOU is not selfish. On the contrary, taking care of yourself will refresh your energy levels, strengthen your ability to be patient and understanding, and help you face the day’s challenges with greater calm. It is easy to let the things you enjoy doing fall by the wayside – whether it is a half hour of yoga, reading, running, bridge, darts, or even just getting the bills paid or an afternoon nap. Maintaining a little time for yourself in the day and employing some of the self-care tools you will learn here, can have a positive ripple effect
2. Presenter’s Biography
Lynn Lawson has been a Nurse Practitioner in Geriatrics and Palliative Care for 17 years. In her 33 years of nursing she has cared for and supported many patients as they search for meaning and peace in letting go of life and embracing death. She has supported all her patients’ family members as they struggle with the pain and loss of losing their loved one and find grace during it all. Lynn has learned to love and care for others with compassion and an open heart and that is the practice she brings to every day as a Nurse Practitioner and to everyone she interacts with. At St. Joseph’s Motherhouse for 6 and-a-half years now, she is the Director of Care and Nurse Practitioner for the Sisters living there.