Caregiver Poem

Caregiver Poem

From Contributor and Guest Author, Ryann Huff


Since October 1 is National Poetry Day, observed primarily in the UK and Ireland, I would like to join them to celebrate (from Canada) with this Caregiver Poem from the US that honours all caregivers and reveals the compassion and grace that trickle into the DNA of many caregivers over time.

Written by Ryann Huff, herself a caregiver for “more than two decades,” her words of love and appreciation, which are reflected in this poem, honor “the beautiful soul,” “an angel,” who cared for her grandfather in the period “when Alzheimer’s became too overwhelming.”

As we share this poem, we continue to create a stronger chain of care, linking all those who are giving care around the world, who have lived through uniquely demanding times, and have felt the heart and soul of caregiving that Ryann expresses.

God, bless those who are giving care, every one! 💕 ~Judith Allen Shone

Please feel free to pass the link to this inspiring poem to others. Printed here with kind permission from Ryann Huff.


Caregiver Poem

by Ryann Huff

The heart of a caregiver is a rare element on earth
They define the true meaning and value of God’s worth

The soul of a caregiver is precious and pure
Their spirits are heavenly, of that I am sure

The selfless compassion and love that they share
Provides relief, joy, and comfort just knowing they’re there

Their efforts often unnoticed, full of strength and emotion
Bring peace to the heavens with angelic devotion

Many nights they are restless, their minds filled with unease
Because they devote their lives to tend to others’ needs

There is none more deserving than one with the caregiver ability
They show peace, love, and mercy and give our loved ones dignity

Caregiver, a special place in heaven is waiting for you
There is a special place inside my heart that is reserved for you, too

Thank you for everything, all of it, and more
I pray someone so kind is there for you when you knock on God’s door

You are loved and respected and cherished
And I wouldn’t have known what to do without you


In memory of Earl T. Huff, Sr. & Dedicated to: The Isadora, Spring Hill, FL, USA.

Caregiver Poem (c) By Ryann Huff
Caregiver Poem Page (c) Judith Allen Shone


Bright Star

Bright Star

Celebrating 90 years!

This month my mother would have been one hundred and three years old. Her mother lived for one hundred years. Her brother lived until one hundred and four. But alas, my mother fell and broke her hip. Complications followed and she lived just three months beyond her ninetieth birthday. She would have loved being one hundred and three as much as she loved being seventy, eighty and ninety! She enjoyed her life.

I sensed this poem surfacing when I knew my mother would not be recovering from her fall. It was read silently by visitors at her memorial. I include it here, thirteen years later, in this caregiver’s blog.

I felt it important to acknowledge caregiving is a role that goes full circle, that even as a caregiver, we might need a caregiver. Indeed, in times past, I have felt the humbling, yet special experience, as a recipient of another’s care.

Mom and me!

We learn to care from those who care for us. My initial learning to ‘care for another’ came from my mother. I am grateful.

Regardless of where their picture sits on the genealogy chart, we miss our loved ones when they leave us. It feels good to share the bond of caring that connects the chain of care.


In Loving Memory
Bright Star

Like a star newly born, you shine so very bright.
Your youthful energy is unsurpassed.
Your glow spreads everywhere, to everyone you meet;
The sphere of your radiance is vast.

You touch many lives, with encouragement and zest;
Your smile warms many weary souls.
While travelling through life, your light has passed the tests,
Like most “stars”, you play many roles!

Drifting through your “sky”, you share your star beams
By illuminating lives of those nearby.
Your bright light keeps shining as a candle in the dark,
All from your place in your sky!

Your star never seems to wane or dim its glow,
No matter what life bestows on you.
You focus your “star beams” on your road ahead,
Knowing heaven helps keep your goal in view.

You are a bright star in all of our lives;
Your constant glow continues shining through.
We’ll each make our way in skies of our own
Lighted by the “star beams” from you!

Bright Star (c) 2007 Judith Allen Shone


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