I thought I would try my hand at this community journaling. Overload During my caregiving time, I definitely felt the strain of overload. Having two people for whom to manage schedules, appointments, medications, diet, and comforting, along with working full-time, really took its toll. I was willing to do the juggling because these were people [...]
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It has been two years since my brother passed away and almost two years since I lost my mother. I still miss them and I am sure that I always will. Yet as time passes, I feel more at peace with the past. As difficult as caregiving was, I am grateful to have been able [...]
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” - (2 Timothy 4:7) As I spoke at Mom’s funeral, giving her life history, this is what I summed up Mom’s life with: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” [...]
Loss and change: That sounds kind of grim. As caregivers, we deal with loss and change on a daily basis. We must deal with our loved ones loss of physical and/or mental capacities. We grieve each loss; we celebrate each gain, each rally…and we hope for more. We do our best, knowing that our best [...]
I came across this today and wanted to share it. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly…” I like to think that we can (are/will) become better, kinder, more compassionate because of our loving service, and even through our losses.
It was middle May the last time that I posted on aftergiving.com. Where has the time gone? The summer as a whole has been a slower pace than the fall/winter schedule. My sister and her husband were here in early June. They were here from Friday evening until Tuesday midmorning. While they were here my [...]
After my mother and brother died, a friend from work urged me to see a therapist. I dithered a lot, but finally made an appointment with a very nice lady, who told me what I really already knew. “You need to find a higher purpose.” At this point, I was helping my former daytime caregiver, [...]
Immediately after Mom died, friends gave me advice. They told me that I should take a class, take up a new hobby, renew an old hobby, and generally get out more. Frankly, I couldn’t work up the desire for any of this. However, one friend took me on as a project. She made a point [...]