A Hospice Chaplain's Field Guide to Caregiving Finding Resilience on the Frontlines of Love Caregiving could kill you, or it could be the best thing you have ever done. Either way, it is dangerous work, and it changes you. As a hospice chaplain and my mother’s primary caregiver in her final eleven years, I understand the life and death stress of constant vigilance, interspersed with long periods of daily tedium.
How do we survive this? It’s a lot to be able to keep your balance.
This field guide offers 31 gifts built from experience in my trenches of love. These are not tactical How To’s but rather practical (and perennial) principles to support, renew, and strengthen you from the inside out. They will help you make better decisions that fit your family and situation—and fewer missteps. They are light, concise and even a bit humorous, (because we have enough serious in our lives…)
The Hospice Chaplain’s Field Guide to Caregiving are my rules and your gifts. It is a compendium on the cyclical nature of sorrow and the bridge to the next right thing. Joy will come around again; it’s possible to shift to healthy survival in these caregiver trenches with a few gentle gifts. It is even possible, here, to have vitality and renewal. It is my hope that these thirty-one gifts will support you and renew you in this best and hardest journey anyone may walk with another.
From this place and nature, is support for you as a caregiver (or the stressed-out-caregiver in your life) ... in the tough and tender places of love—the front lines of illness and health.