The stress of caring for a seriously ill family member takes a toll. Even simply worrying about someone who is very ill or who has been given a terminal illness can be draining. And if that family member is an animal companion, we have the added burden of making decisions that a human family member might make for themselves.
Grief after the death of any family member - skinned, furred, scaled or feathered - takes a toll. As does grieving a lost or relinquished animal companion.
All of these can take so much energy and focus that we feel dried up. Depleted. Much like the leaves I noticed on a walk yesterday.
• How will you take care of yourself?
• What rejuvenates you so you can go on?
• What support do you need from others?
To keep yourself from crumbling, take time to consider these questions and act on your answers.