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Today is the final day of the Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party at Caregiving.com. It’s been an interesting week exploring other sites centered on caregivers and those they caring for. This can include the elderly parents in the family, spouses, and/or children or grandchildren with special needs.
There are definite differences from family to family and caree to caree but we also share a lot in common such as:
- Too much to do and too little time
- Frustration over difficult situations
- Grief – whether we are grieving because of a loved one’s death or impending death, because of lost abilities or memories, or because of how things are rather than how we hoped they’d be
- Encouragers – Even at our lowest, we as caregivers are constantly “exercising” our “giving” muscles. That often includes encouraging others even when we are in need of encouragement ourselves – which can, in turn, lead to being encouraged ourselves. A positive cycle instead of the well-known “viscious cycle.” I saw this on several caregiving sites I visited including Bette’s, Sharon’s, and G-J’s.
Caregiving is not easy and there is no one way or perfect way to do it. And that’s a vital fact we all need to internalize. We may not all do it the same but whether our beloveds are in our home, in their own home with help from us and or/others, or are in a care facility, it takes a lot of time, energy, strength, wisom, and stick-to-it-ness to care for them. As long as we are doing our best, to the best of our abilities – even on those bad days when our abilities may seem so feeble – that’s all anyone can ask of us. And that’s all we can ask of ourselves.
Praise God, though, we don’t have to do it alone! It is by the grace of God that I am able to do what I do. Many of us also have friends and family who help – sometimes a lot, sometimes not so much but every bit helps. I so appreciate the way God encourages me through my family and friends. as well as through you! And I pray the resources, ideas, and words of encouragement at SandwichINK will be a blessing to each of you who are caring for others, whether it’s your elderly parents, your spouse, your brother or sister or child or grandchild, or someone else in your life!