This Week’s Featured Willowgreen Resource:
The Grit and Grace of Being a Caregiver:
Maintaining Your Balance as You Care for Others
I thought I knew a bit about being a caregiver, starting with the fact that I was the oldest of four children. I worked as a minister and a counselor. I was pretty conscientious about being a father. But I learned a whole new dimension to caregiving when my wife developed cancer and I did a lot of day-to-day caring that I had never done before. That experience is at the basis of the video The Grit and Grace of Being a Caregiver: Maintaining Your Balance as You Care for Others. I believe the seven principles named there are still quite valid, both for professional caregivers and lay caregivers.
Kim Ebersole sent me this:
I recently used the video The Grit and Grace of Being a Caregiver during a workshop for deacons. Participants expressed appreciation for the words of wisdom and beautiful photos that accompany them. Comments included “the beauty of nature is healing,” “the photos of the hands reminded me of the presence of God,” and “the video healed me today.”
Director of Family Life and Older Adult Ministries
Church of the Brethren