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When you find yourself in caregiving, you may feel like you’ve moved to another country. You just don’t speak or understand this language.

And, then caregiving ends. Overnight, you wake up in yet another country. It all looks different. It all sounds different. It’s another new language.

It’s just awful.

When you wake up in a new country, how do you manage?

Manage by keeping the familiar—those who support and love you; that which brings you comfort and peace; thoughts which calm and quiet you.

Learning a new language can be complicated. Sometimes, it’s as simple as knowing you will because you already did.

With time, you will speak fluidly the language of life.

About Denise

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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  1. Boy does this ring true. Last night, I was laying on the couch thinking I’d like a DQ, told Gary I want an icecream, he says you want an icecream, LET’S GO……I layed there for a few seconds looking at him perplexed until the duh moment was over, and I jumped up and got ready for US TO GO and get an icecream! Strange new world we live in now!


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