Consider what it must be like to have the knowledge and experience of a caregiver and the obligation to deliver very unpleasant news in an honest and caring fashion. What training and support do caregivers receive to live up to the expectations you ask? The emotional burden carried by these human beings is enormous. We identify deeply with family and struggle with how best to transmit a message and deal with all the circumstances that arise. And we will always miss the mark. So often the caregiver must find ways to protect themselves so that they may perform a greater good in an ultimate story of loss. We are all doing our very best AND we are fallible human beings, the afflicted and caregivers alike. Stories are very complicated everywhere we turn. How do we practice forgiveness and kindness as we learn deeper empathy?
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