I extracted my thoughts on Empathy Burnout from this blog entry on Better Living Through Beowulf
Empathy fatigue results from expending physiological resources to help others with their own emotional burdens.
Stop putting yourself in another’s shoes and let your shoes carry you to do the things that can be physically provided without emotional burnout.
Another’s pain plus your pain does not equal relief but multiplies pain.
Allowing another’s suffering to break your heart is a disease without a cure.
Ingratitude, guilt and sorrow can prove lethal, let them go.