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All work-related absences can also be an opportunity for self-growth, reflection and community building.  

We are here to help you through all phases of your work-related absence by providing information, resources and linking you to your local MFRC / MFS service provider. 

Maintaining a routine while your loved one is away can be emotionally exhausting. You may be focused on being strong for your loved one and any additional friends and family members. But it’s equally important to remember to take care of yourself. Your loved one is going to need you throughout their deployment period. They’ll also need you when they return and readjust to home life. 

It’s a good idea to plan for how you’ll cope with the distance and the strong emotions that may come throughout the deployment. It's essential that you acknowledge and honour your feelings. Create a space for expressing them. This can be with trusted friends or through writing or any other means of expression. Eating well and getting enough sleep are also essential. Ensuring that there’s plenty of both will help you fight the toll that any chronic stress may have on your body.

This is a marathon, not a sprint. You will need to tend to your own needs as well as the needs of others. The following list of resources could help you while your loved one is deployed. 

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