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Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss, and Renewal Paperback – August 4, 2000
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""""Caregiving"" has a big heart-on a much-needed topic. A rare book of spiritual and practical wisdom.""
--Sue Bender, author of ""Plain and Simple and Everyday Sacred""
""A poignant, wise, and in-the-trenches view of caregiving that is both practical and spiritual, especially of value to midlife adults.""
--Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of ""Goddesses in Everywoman"" and ""Close to the Bone""
""Lovely. . . . Beth McLeod's experience and wisdom shine through as she shares her heartfelt journey of loss, surrender, hope, and healing.""
--David Simon, M.D. medical director, the Chopra Center for Well Being, author of ""Vital Energy"" and ""Return to Wholeness""
Sooner or later it will touch us all: A family member or loved one becomes ill or disabled, and we step in to help. This is caregiving, and in this powerful, unique book, prizewinning writer and advocate Beth Witrogen McLeod leads us through the caregiving journey with unflinching authority and compassion. Framed by the author's personal odyssey as a caregiver and richly informed by the inspiring and poignant tales of others, ""Caregiving"" explores medical and financial problems, all aspects of spirituality, and such issues as depression, stress, housing, home care, and end-of-life concerns. A rare blend of powerful storytelling and practical information, ""Caregiving"" is a revelation.
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This is a must read for anyone taking care of a loved one and for the rest of us who will one day be in these extraordinary shoes.
Through her own experience with dying parents while an editor with the San Francisco Examiner Magazine, Beth began a series of "Caregiver" articles which included stories, suggestions, and resources for those going a similar life challenge. Beth's journey became a full-time commitment, resulting in this wonderful book.
In "Soul Keeping," she writes: "It can be necessary to uproot a parent, not just for physical well-being but for preservation of their very spirit. For it is not just a body that we are asked to care for: the unspoken role of every caregiver is guardian of the soul, and this prospect can be the most frightening. For where does well-being come but from within? Where does the giving come but from compassion? We are asked not only to be gatekeepers but especially soul keepers, preserving the best in our parents and inheriting the wisdom of their experience. When we are shepherding their lives, we had best be mindful of their spirits as well."
As instructive as it is moving, "Caregiving" includes action steps designed to assist those facing the many overwhelming challenges of caring for loved ones. It is a manual of compassionate care, and a wonderful gift for yourself.
However, for the children of substance abuse parents and/or mentally ill patients the answers do not come easy. Things are much more complicated than simply finding a place to live, and deciding how much time you can spend with said loved one.
I'm not trying to over simplify, because all decisions dealing with older loved ones are difficult, but I was kind of hoping it would have given me more direction as to when its important to protect yourself as well. Its easy to get caught up in the caretaker role, feeling like a matyr without thinking about wheither or not this is the best desicion for you and your immediate family. Especially, if its puts you at risk for other health issues.
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Very uplifting for a rather depressing subject. Highly recommend it for all caregivers and family members.Published 18 months ago by Ron Mann
A must read for any caregiver. Inspiring, eye-opening, encouraging.Published 19 months ago by Jackie Fust
Awesome book if you are a caregiver. Gives excellent spiritual advice without being preachy. McLoed tells stories of many other caregivers in a kind and gentle voice. Read morePublished on September 23, 2014 by Kevin Packer
....years later, I still refer to this book. My sister gave me the precious gift of being her caregiver. This book is food for the souls of the living.Published on June 12, 2014 by Rosanna Pirri
I believe this book is one of the most valuable resources a caregiver could own. I have used the book professionally as an Oncology RN and personally to help me find my way through... Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by Judith T Williams
Helps to know you are not alone in caring for a loved one and the emotions you go through daily.Published on December 2, 2013 by Meggie
This book is a must for anyone who is a caretaker. This book will let you know that what you are feeling is normal and that you are not alone. Very well written.Published on June 26, 2013 by Rebecca A.
Well written on this challenging topic - Dying is not a picnic. This is a fine How2 continue giving care and find renewal.Published on March 10, 2013 by Jody Zacharias
This is such an important topic today! It is information that most adults will benefit from at some point in their life.
Covers all aspects of caregiving!