Editor’s Note: In any caregiving situation, we remind our readers to remember the Caregiving Basics: Listen, Pray, Respect the Grief Process and Preserve the Dignity. This post is an overview of Preserve the Dignity of the Person.
What do you see as you care for a person who is suffering? Do you see that person as a burden, an irritation, an interruption, or an old, “needy” person?
As caregivers–whether we are caring for a co-worker who is going through a divorce, or a friend who has cancer, or caring-full-time for a spouse or parent–we need to remember that the suffering person is first of all a child created by God. That person bears the image of God, and we need to preserve that person’s dignity and self-respect.
To preserve another person’s dignity, please remember:
For more information on how to preserve the dignity of those you care for, see our Preserve the Dignity page.