November is National Caregivers Month

"Each day, courageous individuals step forward to help care for family members in need, their quiet acts of selflessness and sacrifice telling a story of love and devotion. Across our country, parents and children, siblings and spouses, friends and neighbors heroically give of themselves to support those in their lives affected by illness, injury, or disability. During National Family Caregivers Month, we salute the people who play difficult and exhausting roles, and we recommit to lifting up these Americans as they care for their loved ones while protecting their dignity and individuality."
  From the Presidential Proclamation 2014 for declaring November as National Family Caregiver Month.
On "Accessibility Sunday" in September, Amy Whitehead & Marsha Hall shared with us in Worship how being a caregiver for family members has impacted their life and faith.  They talked about moments of humor, moments of sorrow, moments of frustration and anger, moments of learning, and most of all, many moments of love.  And, they both shared how caregiving opened them to an awareness of God's presence beyond what they already knew.  Although their experiences in caregiving have been very different, they both said one of the most important qualities of being a good caregiver is to find ways to take care of yourself and find other people to talk with about your experiences.
This past year we began our own Caregiver Support group at First Congregational.  We meet the last Sunday of the month after Worship for lunch and conversation.  About once a quarter, we host a speaker from the community who talks about local and national resources for caregivers and various topics related to support and self-care.  One attendee said this:  It's good to know I'm not alone.  I've learned so much from other people by coming to the group.
While our group is open to caregivers in all situations, many of our participants are caring for an elderly family member.  In January, we will be intentionally expanding our group by including conversation groups and speakers for those caring for a child or sibling with disabilities and those caring for a family member or friend with an illness.  Our group is open to ALL.  For more information about who we are and what we have planned, please contact me at abeaty@firstcongmadison.org
And as November is National Family Caregiver month, here is a word of appreciation and admiration for those of you who are caregivers:  "One person caring about another represents life's greatest value."  (Jim Rohn)  Thank you!  
 
~ Ann Beaty

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm in Featured Content.

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