Last Conversation of a Father and Son

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father son conversationFunny how caregiving is the gift that just keeps on giving. We think it is just about the physical care and emotional roller coaster of caring for loved ones. With their passing comes a whole new package of personal work that pulls up all the many things we ignored during the times of providing care.

Some of the issues are easy to work through, while others are landmines. This is a short story of one of the latter. Read the rest of this entry »


Finding Peace: The Acceptance of Loss

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caregiver loss acceptanceLoss is inevitable.

We give up things so we can grow. Childhood toys give way to the clothing and cars of adolescence. Which are eventually are replaced by the trappings of adulthood. We give up to get.

Caregiving is an activity that amplifies this because the process of giving up involves cherished parts of our lives. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie

Remember how the phrase “Thank you for sharing” started off as a sincere and mature response? It was not critical (as in no value judgement) but an honest response to information that was being offered. I liked how it cut through to the truth of the exchange and no one was made wrong in the process.

After the loss of my father and my best friend, Read the rest of this entry »