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Do siblings make caregiving easier or harder?
Caring for a sick or frail parent can be a difficult experience no matter what. For only children, who bear the entire responsibility on their own, the experience proves even more challenging. Or does it?
Siblings can offer each other emotional comfort and logistical support. They can provide respite when one experiences burnout and they can ease feelings of social isolation often experienced by caregivers. Except when they don’t. Then the relationship can become less of a bolster and more of a battleground.
Have you worked with a sibling to provide care for a loved one? Or are you a single child who’s caring for a sick parent? Which do you think is easier? Tell your story here.
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