A Hospice Chaplain's Field Guide to Caregiving
"I started reading your book ...and was hooked by the end of chapter one. An informative, compassionate read by someone who has walked the walk."
– Barbara Karnes, RN
You don't have to be a perfect caregiver. In fact, it gets in the way.
Resilience in the trenches of love is the goal for which the Field Guide was created because caregiving changes everything.
Caregiving changes the planet.
It changed me—teaching some tough and gentle lessons. As a daughter, I was in it, but now as a hospice chaplain I have some perspective on it.
It's not easy, in fact it is dangerous work. It's one of the first things that gets depleted when caregiving.
We can do little about what the fates put on our plates. In the end, it is about lives well lived...and that, my friend, is about bounce.
There is pain and fear in the stories of caregiving. It's just part of it. But so is love. After eleven years, love won for my mother and I. It was undeniably hard and I survived to make a new life...one that fits me now.
May the field guide be a gift that supports you, as it does me, everyday in the growth and weeding of a life well lived—wherever you find yourself now.
And thank you for all you do...