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.
Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss, and Renewalby Beth Witrogen McLeod, McLeod
"By my old professor's side, I learned the precious value of caregiving. I am grateful that Beth McLeod has put together a fine source to help bring out the helping heart in all of us." Mitch Albom author of Tuesdays with Morrie Sooner or later it will touch us all: A family member or loved one becomes ill or disabled, and we step in to help.
"By my old professor's side, I learned the precious value of caregiving. I am grateful that Beth McLeod has put together a fine source to help bring out the helping heart in all of us." Mitch Albom author of Tuesdays with Morrie 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. Whether it involves caring for an aging parent, an ill spouse or partner, or a disabled child, caregiving takes us into a new reality quite unlike that of our usual workaday life. Too often, we don't know where to find help or what questions to ask, and the health care system seems to get more complex every day. An indispensable guide for anyone who is or has been a caregiver or who anticipates becoming one, Caregiving includes advice from leaders in the fields of aging, medicine, finance, and spirituality. It explores medical and financial problems as well as such issues as depression, stress, housing, home care, and end-of-life concerns. The author also includes dozens of helpful resources at the back of the book. Framed by the author's personal odyssey as a caregiver, Caregiving is richly informed by the inspiring and poignant tales of other caregivers. Caregiving shows that while at first we experience the dark night of the soul, through service to others we can discover our true nature and develop lovingkindness and compassion; through caregiving we can see the renewal of both self and community. Personal transformation has been witnessed in sacred traditions throughout human history, and in Caregiving Beth McLeod draws on the wisdom of Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and shamanism, and on the writings of current and past spiritual figures, to illuminate the way. A rare blend of powerful storytelling and practical information, Caregiving is a revelation.
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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.'