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Title: Here for You (Set of 3, 16x20 inches) May 2022
Across the three panels is the lifecycle of a butterfly, beginning as a caterpillar and transitioning to a butterfly. In the first panel, there are two caterpillars that represent the carer and the person being cared for. The yellow theme represents positivity, and perhaps happier times. The symbols in the leaves represent diagnosis, acceptance of diagnosis and getting prepared for the journey ahead with a focus on utilising CarerHelp resources and creating a support network.
The magenta panel, panel two, represents compassion. It is the stage where the carer is caring for the dying person and supporting them with their needs including getting their affairs in order. It also includes a focus on self-care of the carer and following through with their own self care plan. At the edge of the second panel, the person being cared for dies and this is represented by the cocoon, the other caterpillar, the carer, continues on its own journey.
The green/blue theme chosen for the third panel represents grief and growth.The carer is grieving and adjusting to life after caring, but also experiencing personal growth. The one they cared for is still with them, just in another form - a butterfly.
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