Posted by: dlip | June 2, 2008

Encouragement for caregivers

The biggest or hardest challenge a caregiver faces is—as the Serenity Prayer says—finding the courage to accept the things that cannot be changed, the courage to change the things that can be changed and the wisdom to tell the difference.©

The 23rd Psalm
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’ sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

St. Teresa’s Bookmark
Let nothing disturb you;
nothing frighten you.
All things
are passing.
God never changes.
Patience
obtains all things.Nothing is wanting to him who possesses God.
God alone suffices.
Taken from: http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/chaplaincy/help.cfm

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Responses

  1. My prayer when I cared for my mother who had Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s encompassed many aspects of these most beautiful and beloved prayers.

    God, Let me see my loved one as you see her. May she feel your love, your peace, and your hope even when others cannot. Give us the strength to get through one moment at a time.

    ~Carol O’Dell
    Author of Mothering Mother: A Daughter’s Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir,
    available on Amazon
    http://www.mothering-mother.com

  2. Dear Dalip, there are so many days that I am lacking courage to accept the degeneration in my mother. For years I have tried to come to terms with her death. I finally believe I shall never and possibly the part that bothers me is the moment after she leaves and the many hours after that.

    Anyway……I know you have this blog and the other sight but wanted to ask if you have heard of Zimbio.com which is a site for electronic magazines. You can register this site on Zimbio as you have at other places, but then you can begin an electronic magazine (they call them wikizines. You can even design the cover of the magazine. Once you do that and you list a couple of your posts as articles in you wikizine then if you allow others can join and write articles for your magazine.

    If you are interested and if you visit the site and start a magazine I would be happy to write a couple of articles for you from the caregivers standpoint

    My best to you as always–take care and I hope that you are feeling fine.
    Frank

  3. Hello Frank
    Thank you for your suggestion with regard to Zimbio.com. I have never heard of it. But will look into it. Sometimes it seems hard enough just managing to put stuff here. But I must remain moitivated.
    Dalip


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