Families and brain injury
It is well-recognised that brain injury affects whole families and not just the injured person.
There are several stages that a family will go through, from the initial shock to the final acceptance that things will from now on be different from how they were, for the whole family.
Living with a brain-injured family member
There are some people who say that families suffer even more than the injured person, because family members have full insight into the problem and the injured person may not have that complete insight.
Here are some useful things for family members to know:
Families that cope
There are two qualities that have been seen in families that cope best with a brain-injured member:
In fact, with these two qualities, a family may do more than simply cope; they may grow in strength and begin to shine in a way that they didn’t do before the injury. The fragility of life can give a new perspective and intensity to love and relationships; and having a brain-injured person in the family can give a heightened sense of awareness and sensitivity to other family members.