Hello and Welcome!
Hey there! Yes, you! I am so glad to see you here!
Go get your coffee or a cup of tea. . .😊
This site is for you – to help you imagine the caregiver’s life, their compassion, dedication and gratitude, and to provide support and encouragement to carry on.
Let your stress and worry melt away, if only for the moments you are here, reaching out to learn!
We all know from childhood that we learn from stories. In that same way, I hope our stories will serve as a bond between caregivers and those who, by choice, support them.
The authors of these stories are caregivers who care for loved ones with memory loss. They are a family member, or a friend, or caregivers supporting other caregivers. They are professionals in the field of caring, as well as members of support teams. They have lived in the world of caregiving, carrying burdens for those who no longer can manage on their own.
Come to browse…look for inspiration.
At some point in our life, most of us will likely, unexpectedly, be accepting the gift of caregiving, walking along that bumpy path with a loved one.
It does not matter what you call a caring person…
. . . a caregiver, a caretaker, a care partner, aidant principal, la cuidadora, or an angel of mercy . . .
. . . the question is, will YOU be ready?
Walk with caregivers
“I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile.“
Charles de Lint
I invite you to walk with us, with me and my guest authors. Discover what we have found as we journeyed through the world of caregiving. I hope you will let us shine a light on your path so you will not feel alone.
Caregivers: you will sense the joys and sorrows from our caregiving experiences. You will find there are others who have lived what you are going through, who have encountered similar emotions as you are feeling.
💖 Please join those who are here to share – we learn from one another! 💖
Thank you for your encouragement.
🍦 and your time to visit and connect. 🍪
Judith Allen Shone
My caregiver role began eight years ago when I was plunged, untrained and scared, into the darkness of the most demanding phase of my life, the role of spouse-caregiver. I was truly scared and lonely.
I wish now that back then I had found personal stories that explained and clarified my limited knowledge of the caregiver role. I learn best from real-life stories. I longed to feel that sacred bond that I now know exists between caregivers. I craved support. I desperately needed someone to walk with…I would have appreciated finding stories that could have uncovered my world ahead.
💖 Walk beside us. 💖
1- Begin with: About
2- Readers tell me their favourite information pages on this blog are:
- Education and Resource Links
- Caregiver Tips – especially Self-care
- Quintessential Caregiver Support
- Blog stories -…read “Goin’ to the HOP” honouring caregiver survivors.
These pages give information for quick referencing.
4- Favourite story choices seem to depend on the caregiver’s current situation. (See All Titles or Story Excepts on menu) Stories offer a detailed sense of the realm of caregiving from an emotional and experiential perspective.
💖 Walk beside us. 💖
It is an honour to share the wisdom from Guest Authors who contribute to help illuminate the world of caregiving for other caregivers through their thoughts and experiences. 💕 I love sharing stories others wish to tell!
NEXT, IT CAN BE YOUR TURN!
What experiences could you, as a caregiver, share?? In what ways can you be a shining light?
- How did you feel?
- What surprised you?
- How did you find solutions?
- Where did you get help?
- How did you learn?
- What do you wish you had known?
- What is the most helpful advice you could share with someone else?
When you are ready, list experiences you could share so others can learn from your caregiving life. Then, Contact me
The blog type size is intentionally larger so it is easy reading. Readers tell me they like the larger print in my books and so I hope this larger type size makes for easier reading online, too! 😊 Let me know!
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Pick your music and continue browsing while the music plays!
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When requested, I will respond by email, not online,
and then, only if you wish, post both question & answer .🍦🍪 🌷
I visit this site daily and will respond!
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a caregiver tip, or to ask questions. 🥰 !
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Do not wait. You can be the one who responds to a caregiver’s plea, the one who reaches out with encouragement to a caregiver who needs your friendship. You’ll know the one.
It feels good to discover others have been angry or sad, felt similar guilt, made the same mistakes and wondered about the same unanswered questions.
Let these stories be a hand-to-hold for any caregiver who is floundering in the darkness of unfamiliarity. Do not let them feel alone.
Share this site.
Become part of the Chain of Care!
Do something each day to make others smile and your heart sing.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND the caregiver’s life?
Do you yearn to feel encouragement and support?
Those who do, will resonate with the shared experiences, both here and in the two books.
Want to LEARN MORE?
Read the BACKSTORY that gives context, fills in some of the gaps, shares events and information not told in the two books, that, together, took four years to write, overlapping somewhere in the middle when I worked on both.
Then read the books understanding a wee bit more of the ‘before’ years. 🌞
IS THERE ANY ICE CREAM?
(published July 2019)
DID YOU HIDE THE COOKIES?
(published August 2020)
As you read, you may want more information.
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A REMINDER before you go, these stories are copyrighted with all rights reserved. If you choose to copy any words from this site, for education purposes, for your school project, for sharing with other caregivers, for inclusion in a speech, please, please honor the rights of authors, as you wish to be honored and include the author’s name, mine or the guest, the article name and the date, the name and link of this blog. THANK YOU.
“Where Caregivers are Encouraging One Another” Copyright © 2020 Judith Allen Shone
“Accepting the Gift of Caregiving” Copyright © 2019 Judith Allen Shone
NOTE OF THANKS TO ARTISTS
All illustrations for book cover, the lilacs, and the illustrations for the Caregiver Feels, Caregiver Tips and Sharing Our Knowledge lead images were co-created and adapted from artwork from talented artist, ©Tatiana Mitrushova, with license from fotolia.com.Visit her site, @MitrushovaArt on Etsy. The cone of the book cover original by Jiri Hera, with license from dreamstime.com
A Canadian artist Luciana Silva from Pixabay has created many lovely watercolour flowers shown on Caregiver Tips and other pages on this site. Click on link lucianapappdesign to see her artwork..
Accepting the Gift of Caregiving blog is supported by sales of:
“Is There Any Ice Cream?“
Surviving the Challenges of Caregiving for a Loved One
with Alzheimer’s, Anxiety and COPD. Accepting the Gift of Caregiving, Part One
“Did You Hide the Cookies”
Inecapable Heartaches of Caregiving for My Love with Alzheimer’s, Anxiety, and COPD.
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