Supporting your Relative
It is likely that your relative will have fluctuating emotions over the months. Some days they may feel positive about small amounts of progress and the next day everything will feel frustrating and nothing will be right.
They will have experienced their injury as a big shock and a loss, both emotionally and physically, and they may sometimes be withdrawn and non-communicative with you for periods of time. Although this might feel hurtful, these feelings are perfectly natural for someone coming to terms with their injury and learning to adapt to the many changes and challenges that it brings.
All SCI Centres will have a Clinical Psychologist or health professional trained to help your relative face the consequences of their injury and encourage them to talk through any negative feelings they have about themselves or their future.