Another name for Caregiving: Aloneness
As you may see from my web site, I have written a book of meditations for caregivers. Having been one for almost a year with my dear mother, I remember with eerie starkness, how alone I felt. I gave and gave and gave and had nothing coming in to refuel my soul. That’s why I wrote this book some 12 years later.
As I read through social media or listen to some of my friends, I am reminded of how difficult a period this can be. Their struggles echo back through my heart and my gut. One good friend in particular right now is caught in the generational gap of caring at all ends: a very sick elderly mother, a daughter who has divorced with two small children. This person is a medical professional with a VERY busy job, a huge house of her own, and divorced herself. Enter the big black hole of exhaustion, frustration, sadness, lack of affection and the list goes on and on.
I hope my new book will touch some lives and truly help some people who are struggling. I wrote it as a tribute to my mother and as a platform to forge a better relationship with my daughter. It is just my story and it won’t necessarily be everyone’s story but it could offer a moment of respite in the frazzled world of caregiving.
The book is “Catch Your Breath: Tender Meditations for Caregivers” from Balboa Press. I hope it will be out by the end of this year. It’s a slow process! If you’d like to see the Table of Contents, it is posted on this website.