How to find spiritual and emotional rewards from a demanding and sometimes overwhelming task
Posted in , Feb 23, 2016
Shelly Beach, author of Guideposts’ newest booklet, Strength for Helping Hearts, wrote:
“I didn’t know what to do or where to start when my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and my father-in-law with Parkinson’s disease. At the time, I was facing my own health crisis, and my two adult kids had returned home with serious health struggles. For a few years I thought I might go crazy trying to balance the multiple priorities of working, recuperating and caring for my kids, husband and father-in-law in my home, as well as for my parents several states away. All caregivers share this sense of frustration; we lack time, resources and energy.”
The role of a caregiver can be demanding, isolating and overwhelming at times, but may also provide spiritual and emotional rewards. As a pastor, I have seen the physical and mental toll that caregivers undergo. When people come for pastoral care seeking counsel, I offer this simple advice:
The booklet, Strength for Helping Hearts: Reflections for Caregivers, offers 31 reflections and resources for caregivers. For a free copy, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you have any advice to share with caregivers? Please share with us.
Lord, give strength and support to caregivers and surround them with a caring and loving community.