I've learned from seminars and a caregiver conference that caregiving is classified much differently than other stresses and you can't relate until you go through it. I have a few friends that like to compare it to their teenage son or sweating out money issues. It makes me mad and I bite my tongue.
I'm an only child caring for my 91 year old Dad and managing his life, home, dementia, and couple helpers plus my life and I am single with my life to manage. Just seeing the decline can be so sad. I retired due to Dad. I mention my Dad almost went to the emergency room and they think that's just part of life. So how do you explain without causing grief that they can't compare other stresses to caregiving.