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During Deployment (Parent of a Member)
Transcript of During Deployment (Parent of a Member)
Tips to help you deal with Deployment
Get connected, meet with friends, volunteer, remain involved, refuse to become isolated.
Don’t leave any big surprises for your member's return home. Try to keep your child informed as to what is going on.
Become familiar with your Family Network and MFRC activities
Send care packages to your loved one
When emailing to your loved one Including a date/time in the body of an email this will help the deployed member know when you sent the message.
Find a hobby or weekly activity for yourself
If sending letter be sure to mark the order they are being sent.
Have a countdown jar/calendar
Having worked through Stages 1 and 2 during the Pre-deployment period, you will know be dealing with
Stages 3 and 4.
Stage 3: Emotional Disorganization
(first 6 weeks after departure)
Actual deployment, no matter how prepared families are, still comes as a shock. For the loved one at home, an initial sense of relief from the tension of preparing for deployment is followed by a feeling of being overwhelmed. The CAF member may feel lonely and frustrated at being far away from day to day living. This can be a time to gather strength for the changes to come.
Stage 4: Recovery and Stabilization
(occurs between Stage 3 & 5)
At some point, the partner at home may realize, “Hey I’m doing OK.” Each successful experience builds feelings of confidence. New sources of support are cultivated through friends, work, and community. New freedoms, as well as responsibilities, come from being alone. The CAF member is also settling into routines on the deployment, and patterns of communication with home.
Know the emotional stages of deployment
At this point you will be entering the anticipation of homecoming part of the cycle which will be covered in the homecoming presentation found at:
If you are having a hard time dealing with deployment give the Esquimalt MFRC a call at 250-363-2640 or toll free at 1-800-353-3329 or call the Members Assistance Plan at 1-800-268-7708