Table 3

Overview of themes and subthemes

Increases in knowledge and skillsAcquiring knowledge
Mastering caring skills
Coping with stress much more easily
Being more careful and cautious
Development of positive attitudesAccepting reality
Cherishing what they have
Having a new goal to achieve
Being grateful
Development of a sense of worthiness and achievementsWorthiness
Family growthHaving a more intimate dyadic relationship
Growth of family members
Gains in social supportGains in friendships
Social benefits
Taking up a healthy lifestyle