Book Urges Caregivers to Care for Themselves

November 2, 2009  
Filed under Aging Parents

To Weep for a Stranger: Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving” by Patricia Smith is a guide for caregivers to understand and address compassion fatigue, a secondary traumatic stress syndrome that results in providing care without practicing authentic, sustainable self-care.

Written from the perspective of a compassion fatigue survivor, the book offers an explanation of the phenomenon and features personal anecdotes and observations, tips and techniques, a comprehensive quality of life self-test, a life stress test and a list of suggested workbooks and training materials for caregivers.

 

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