By Maggie Vescovich, SLP
In my last post, I described my Dad, the “Boss Man”, as being fiercely independent and living alone while he was a hospice patient. That was a bit of a challenge for me, as a caregiver. I often asked myself during that time, “How do I take care of someone who doesn’t want to be taken care of?” I struggled with my desire to provide a safe environment for my Dad, versus his need to live out the rest of his life in the ways he saw fit, despite the risks.
I received a lot of feedback on that blog, with folks relating to this exact situation. I also got feedback of a different sort. Read more
By Barbara Hoepp, LCSW
My first funeral involved standing in a very long line to view a woman I had never met before and then being greeted by my high school friend who couldn’t stop crying. Her mom was dead. She had a dad and other sisters, but she was only 14 and had no mother. I heard people laughing and talking in the background and couldn’t understand how they could be so thoughtless. It took years before I understood that they were able to grieve and to continue to live. I could only see the pain in my young schoolmate’s face. Read more
The devastation in Oklahoma caused by what has been called one of the strongest tornados on record is overwhelming.
Sadly, it seems that every few months we experience a sudden tragedy that puts us all in a state of mourning: a hurricane that wipes out entire towns, a mass shooting, and now, a twister that killed at least 24 people. Larry Barber blogs as griefminister and works Licensed Professional Counselor Certified in Thanatology (Study of Death, Dying & Bereavement). This week he posted on the best ways to share traumatic news with children. Caring with Confidence also posted on this important topic in December. Read more
by Barbara L’Amoreaux
Those of you who live outside the Philadelphia area probably didn’t catch the article in yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer called “Detailing the caregiver’s journey.” With that title, the article could be about just about anything, but in this case, the story refers to those who care for individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Read more