Helping your family and loved ones when they need you most
""""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.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
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About the Author
BETH WITROGEN MCLEOD has written for Family Circle, SELF, Good Housekeeping, and Third Age Media, and teaches family caregiving through the University of California. For her writing and advocacy, McLeod has received the Society for Professional Journalists Public Service Award, the National Hospice Organization's President's Award, the Media Award for Outstanding Public Service from the Family Caregiver Alliance, and other honors. She lectures widely and has appeared on the Today show.
Table of ContentsSETTING OUT ON THE PATH OF CAREGIVING.
What Family Caregiving Is: I Am a Caregiver.
Women and Caregiving: The Spirit of Christmas Present.
The Medical/Financial Maze: A Sacred Sorrow.
Caring for Aging Parents: Into the Abyss.
Spousal Caregiving: Do Not Resuscitate.
The Nature of Loss.
The Stresses of Caregiving: Blessings.
Caregivers and Depression.
Hitting Bottom: To the Stars through Difficulty.
BRIDGES TO THE FUTURE.
Support Strategies and Everyday Miracles.
Caregivers, Religion, and Spirituality.
Caregiving as a Rites of Passage: Fancy Nightmares.
Awakening the Heart: Thank You for Everything.
The Urge to Serve: Out Love Will Never End.
Caregiving and Community.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Caregiving focuses on the challenges of dealing with the chronic illness of parent or spouse. The physical, financial, and emotional problems that family members face are portrayed in the stories of real caregivers and by exploring the spiritual context of the caregiver.As a caregiver myself, I found much to relate to, particularly in the anecdotal material, which is often touching and quite real. I found inspiration in the concept that caregiving is an opportunity to change for the better, to be a better human being in the service of someone you love. I also admit, with some guilt, that in reading the anecdotes I often thought how lucky I was to not have all of the burdens that others have.A good deal of the book deals with the caregiver¿s role from psychological, religious, and mythic perspectives heavily infused with Joseph Campbell and Eastern religion. I found some of this material to verge on psychobabble, and found the author¿s attempt to merge this information into the practical detail to be awkward. Nonetheless, this is a valuable work to turn to as so many of us become caregivers.
Don't discount this book. I read the review by the registered nurse and almost did not read the book nor take the Barnes and Noble University course Taking care of your aging parents. I am glad I read it. I learned many helpful things. It is helpful to read of what has happened to others and how they dealt with situations. It is not a pratical how to guide. If you as experiencing a crisis and looking for a how to guide the book AND THOU SHALT HONOR by the same author is where to go. Then come back and leisurely read this book and you will gain insight and be able to see that you are not the only one going through these kinds of issues. Caring for aging parents is a very tough issue and one that most of us will face in our lifetime. This book is very informative on the topic in general.
I did not care for this book. I am a registered nurse who is a family caregiver for my dying grandfather. I was searching for a book to help my mother, who has no caregiving background. Not very practical knowledge for the most part. Some of the sections were helpful, but not enough to justify purchase of the book. I could not appreciate the personal experiences of the author related at the end of some of the sections. Frankly, I was searching for practical knowledge to help my mother, not details about the dreams of the author about her elderly, dying parents. Could not relate to the author, a 'long-distance caregiver.'