Although caring for an elderly mother or father is one of the most difficult challenges a person can face, it can also deepen an adult child's respect for the parent and understanding for the role of caregiver. Gifts from the Heart: Meditations on Caring for Aging Parents is the caregiver's companion, a sympathetic guide to the spiritual aspects of an often demanding and exhausting situation. More than 200 meditations offer reflections on ways to embrace one's own growth while coping with the decline of an aging parent.
Bonni Goldberg is the author of Room to Write (Tarcher/Putnam), and her essays have appeared in the New York Times and Baltimore Sun, among other newspapers. She lectures and conducts workshops on topics related to creativity and creative writing.
Geo Kendall is the director of the Baltimore Men's Resource Center and has facilitated seminars on personal growth and development for more than 10 years.