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You're Coming Home

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vs Reality

Cycle of Deployment

Homeward Bound
Expectations are always high when we think about homecoming. But try to remember
You'll all have mixed feelings
Everyone has changed
Everyone needs reassurance that they are loved, wanted and needed
You and your partner need to "court"
You and your friends will need time to rebuild relationships
You'll all be tired
It will take weeks to adjust
Anticipation of Homecoming
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Tips for Preparing for Homecoming
what do you do now?
Things to help you Prepare
1. Participate in reunion briefings and workshops that are offered on the ship

2. Take time to decompress from the mission

2. Share your feelings of apprehension as well as excitement and joy

3. Communicate what you would like your homecoming to be like, will there be someone meeting you at the "jetty"? Do you want a big celebration? If you do not communicate how you are looking to spend homecoming, you may be overwhelmed with well meaning loved ones planning your activities

4. Think ahead to the practicalities of coming home is there insurance on your vehicle, do you have someone to stock your fridge etc.
5. If you have children include them in your homecoming preparation.

1. Self care - you've been handling everything on your own for this deployment it's important to remember to take time for yourself as the excitement and anxiety of homecoming takes over.

2. Make sure that your member has added you (and other family or friends) to the access list for homecoming so that you can be down on the "jetty" to welcome them home.

3. No surprises!! Talk openly and honestly about what you expect/hope homecoming to be and listen openly to what your member wants too.

4. Take the time to enjoy, relax, this is what you've been waiting for!
You're Coming Home

What Stage are you in?
"At last you've made it through another deployment and are looking forward to the return of your loved one, with both excitement and sometimes apprehension. You can't wait for things to get back to normal, but many of you know from experience that it takes time to readjust to family life."

taken from Separated by Duty, United in Love (c) 2003
Anticipation of Homecoming
This stage is filled with many mixed emotions all of which are normal.
You may have:
Increase energy and activity
Sleep and appetite disturbances
Feelings of
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