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Tips for the Care-receiver

--Pray and spend time realizing you're in the presence of God. "Forgive" him for what has happened to you.

--Don't waste your time or energy on things that don't matter.

--Forgive others . . . and yourself.

--Take advantage of the sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and the Eucharist.

--Continue to make happy memories with your loved ones.

--Accept the fact that life isn't fair.

--Take care of yourself: rest, eat properly, and get some exercise when you're able.

--Thank your caregivers and pray for them.

--Accept help, in whatever form you need it.

--If your condition is terminal, talk with and help prepare your loved ones whom you will be leaving behind.

--If your condition is terminal, take comfort knowing that you will be rejoining loved ones who have gone before you.

--Thank God for your life, including a soul that will never die.

Perhaps now more than any other time in your life, pay attention to the final words of the Hail Mary:

"Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death. Amen."