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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers: 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice, and Bonding [Kindle Edition]

Joan Lunden , Amy Newmark
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Readers caring for an ailing family member will find support and encouragement in these stories by others like them. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers will inspire and uplift family members who are making sacrifices to make sure their loved ones are well cared for.

Do you have a family member who requires constant care? You are not alone. This collection offers support and encouragement in its 101 stories for family caregivers of all ages, including the “sandwich” generation caring for a family member while raising their children. With stories by those on the receiving end of the care too. These stories of love, sacrifice, and lessons will inspire and uplift family members making sacrifices to make sure their loved ones are well cared for, whether in their own homes or elsewhere.

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About the Author

Joan Lunden is a well-known TV personality and author, and hosted a four-part series on Retirement Living TV focused on family caregiving.
Amy Newmark is publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2731 KB
  • Print Length: 467 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009CRL4N4
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul; 1 edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006D8UD4G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book! April 19, 2012
Before you begin to read this book, make sure you read the introduction by Joan Lunden. If you are a current caregiver or know you will be one in the near future, her experiences with her mother and the sharing of her experiences will help you find peace in the journey you are or will be experiencing.

I am going to share just two of the stories with you. All of these stories were told by real individuals of their journeys as caregivers.

The first one is called "Love Unconditionally with No Guarantees" . This true story was written by Sharon Babineau who became a caregiver for her husband who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and her daughter who died of cancer at the age of 15. Her story is one of unconditional love, cherishing each moment of life and being fearless. Sharon is an amazing woman who I would love to meet and have as a friend.

The next selection is called "Changing My Expectations". It is written by Kathleen H. Wheeler. Kathleen's story is about the challenges she faced as her mother's Alzheimer's progressed. She realized as her mother's physical being deteriorated and she needed more care, that her expectations for her mother's abilities to do things had to change. She had to find ways to be with her mother and do things with and for her that met the stage her mother was in at the time of her visit. When you read this it may help you to find peace in the small activities you can do with your loved one that ultimately will bring you joy and maybe them too.

Each story in this book holds possible answers for those of us who will be caregivers. You never know when you will be called upon to help with a family member. To know others have had similar situations and are able to find the love and compassion needed too, should give us all the hope we need to face the challenges we may encounter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! June 23, 2012
By Richard
I absolutely love this book!! My 2 sisters and I share responsibility of helping care for our 80 year old mom who has cancer. The short stories in this book are very insightful and have hit on several things that family caregivers go through and encounter on a daily basis. I would highly recommend to anyone who is a family caregiver.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: Family Caregivers July 7, 2012
Though I am a huge fan of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, there are few books in it that have resonated with me as much as this one. As someone who has the privilege of caring for my grandmother, I was able to read this book and realize what an honor it is to be there for those who were so much a part of the shaping of the man I have become.

We are able to read stories of those in the public eye and the difficult choices they had to make in order to care for their loved ones. There are also the powerful accounts of people like you and me who were willing to do whatever they could to help those they loved, even when things weren't as easy as they would have liked. In some cases it was the caring for a parent or sibling, but in other accounts there were the spouses that needed that extra hand because of a disease or unforeseen circumstances.

Regardless of what led to the need to fill the role of a caregiver, the book let's us see that we shouldn't feel as though everything will work out perfectly, because it won't. What we should try to do is be their for them in whatever way we can, understanding our limitations but never giving in to the tendency of blaming them for the situation.

This is one that the whole family can benefit from and that all of us in one form or another will need. Get it now and let the education and inspiration begin!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Caregivers Bible June 17, 2012
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Thanks to Joan Lunden and everyone involved in putting this book together. This came into my life at the perfect time, making me realize that I am not alone in the feelings I have as a caregiver. This book gave me some peace as to the fact that I am doing exactly what is needed inspite of the fact of not being appreciated for my efforts sometimes. I would recommend this book for anyone who is a caregiver. After reading this book and constantly referring back to certain chapters I think, just maybe, I will survive this caregiver experience without totaling losing myself in the process.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite in the Chicken Soup Series March 13, 2012
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"Caregivers" is my favorite of the Chicken Soup offerings because it includes details on how to make life easier for the person taking care of a friend or family member. The stories are beautifully written, and the poetry is lovely. My favorite chapter is p. 405, "The Clock Shoe," by the highly-regarded poet Sandra Berris.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Warm Cup of Soup on a Cold Day February 14, 2013
By Vudnder
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After finding myself caring for several family members in varying degrees of responsibility I found myself worn down and exhausted. Someone walking a similar walk as me recommended this book. Written like other Chicken Soup for the Soul books, reading a couple of stories a day seems to remind me that I am not alone in my feelings and gives me the strength to continue to take life one day at a time. Joan Lunden's own story and advice from experience alone is worth the price of this book. In the few short weeks I have had my book, I have given others away and recommended it to anyone who mentions their own struggles with daily caregiving of family members.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the Soul! February 5, 2013
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Everytime I read a story, I make sure I have a box of kleenex nearby! The stories are heartwarming and enlightening. The book is written very well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enteraining book
Good stories and a comfort.
Published 4 days ago by W. B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for caregivers!
I would recommend this book for anyone who is a caregiver!
There are so many good insights into what one experiences while caring
for a loved one. Laughed and cried!
Published 15 days ago by Jennifer Cope
5.0 out of 5 stars I have purchased for a gift.
Short but very meaningful stories. I would recommend it to anyone who needs to be inspired by other peoples experiences.
Published 1 month ago by memiere
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers: 101 Stories of Love.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers: 101 Stories of Love by Joan Lunden came today in good condition. I look forward to reading another good CS book.
Published 7 months ago by Master's Program ECU Student.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a must read!
This book helped our family take a different perspective in dealing with our aging family members. Dementia is very emotionally draining for the care giver but this book brings a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Leslie Lambert
4.0 out of 5 stars Help for caregivers to care for themselves, too?
I know the world of caregiving from personal experience with my husband, who died of ALS. What I'd like to know from others who have read this book is, is it appropriate for my 87... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Susan Tobey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lifesaver for My Mother
My mother is currently living with and caring for her 11-year-old son, her adult son, her adult son's girlfriend, her premature grandson and her dying mother. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jessica S.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan
Joan Lunden is just trying to get people to buy her book and use the services of the group she represents.
I'm so glad you are making money off your mom. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Exhausted
5.0 out of 5 stars I was very encouraged
The stories in this book encouraged and motivated me as I care for my aging parents. I would recommend it to anyone serving as a caregiver.
Published 13 months ago by PSC
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My sister in law loved it. We are both taking care of our mothers. I sent this book to her as a gift hoping to lift her spirits. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alex
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