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 »


Being There

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overwhelmed caregiverThe longer we care for loved ones, care evolves from a handful of things to take care of, to a significant number. Easy to get overwhelmed in the rush, right?

Once we’ve gotten past that adrenaline rush of finding ourselves in a position we never expected to find ourselves, and handling all of the crises that accompanied this transition, we begin a reflection on our circumstances.

“Where am I?”

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From A Distance: The Challenge of Caregiving When You Are Not There

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Older couple looking across distance
By Hillebrand Steve, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
All lives start to sound like a soap opera as you tell the story, and mine has been no exception.

For many of my father’s final years, I stepped into the caregiver role, like so many of us. My mum had not been in the picture for over 30 years, so it was quite the surprise to find myself stepping back into the role for her last summer. The difference this time Read the rest of this entry »

Frustration Can Be The Name of the Game (Sometimes)

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Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.
-Sumner Redstone

As caregivers, we all specialize in frustration management. It goes with managing that multitude of care giving issues that can bring us down sometimes. We all know that we didn’t sign up for this part but there it is. Deal with it.being-alone-513526_1280

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