Love One Another

It is not unusual to find ourselves at some point in our life facing the responsibility of caring for loved ones. You may be responsible for the care of an aging parent. Or perhaps you're caring for a partner, child or other family member with a physical or mental disability. Maybe you are caring for someone dealing with an unexpected illness and treatment. Sometimes these caregiving roles are a day to day responsibility. Sometimes we have concerns for loved ones who live many miles away.  All of these situations present unique challenges. If you're like most family caregivers, you aren't trained for the responsibilities you now face. 

Do you…

· have concerns for someone who is, or will be, needing care?

· see yourself helping someone navigate services in the community?

· play a role for someone in transition from independence to assistance?

· have compassion fatigue and want a safe place to discuss it?

 

Studies confirm that caregivers play host to a high level of compassion fatigue. Day in, day out, people struggle to function in caregiving environments that constantly present heart wrenching, emotional challenges. Accepting the presence of compassion fatigue in your life only serves to validate the fact that you are a deeply caring individual. Somewhere along your healing path, the truth will present itself: You don't have to make a choice. It is possible to practice healthy, ongoing self-care while successfully continuing to care for others.

Despite its challenges, caregiving can also be rewarding. And there are a lot of things you can do to make the caregiving process easier for both you and your loved one. The good news is that you don't have to be a nursing expert, a superhero, or a saint in order to be a good caregiver. With the right help and support, you can be a good caregiver without having to sacrifice yourself in the process. 

There are many ways we are community for one another in the life of the church. Supporting one another at various life stages is one of the ways we “love one another”. 

 

Please join us for lunch and conversation on SUNDAY, APRIL 26 at 11:15am to see what we might do at First Congregational to help support one another in these roles.

If you are interested in knowing more, but can’t attend the lunch on April 26, please let me know and I’ll add you to our list for future gatherings.  abeaty@firstcongmadison.org

 

~Ann Beaty

 

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 10:59 am in Featured Content.

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