Letting Go

This morning, Anna Stookey joined me on Your Caregiving Journey to talk about why it’s so hard to let go. You can listen to our show via the player below.

Our discussion geared on letting go when we know we’re at the end–of a job, a relationship, of life. We talked about the tension that can come from resisting the end and the relief we can feel when we let go. When we hold on too long and too tight, we may be believe that letting go is a giving up. Instead, letting go is a way to walk with trust and peace. (Kathy, who joined us in the chat room, has another description for letting go. Listen to the end of the show to hear it.)

I’d love to hear your thoughts about our show after you’ve had a chance to listen. Please feel free to share in our comments section, below.

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About Denise Brown

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com 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.

3 thoughts on “Letting Go

  1. Avatar of ejourneysejourneys

    Kathy, I loved your comments!
    The part about “what other people think” hit home for me, with respect to taking care of everything. I used to think I’d be negligent (or viewed as such) if I didn’t do absolutely everything to protect my partner. But with her condition, she could get all bent out of shape one minute and be perfectly copacetic the next. I had to let go of a lot of preconceived notions I had of how to best care for her, and not let myself be swayed by where her emotions were going.

  2. Avatar of Old BillyOld Billy

    Thank you ladies. Denise and Anna along with Kathy’s input from the chat room provided a stimulating conversation. That was an excellent simile at the end Kathy to bring it all together.

  3. Avatar of KathyKathy

    I so enjoyed that show. That topic is dear to my heart.
    Letting go can be so difficult and at times can take a greater amount of strength than hanging on.
    Sometimes I turn into chatty Kathy ;-)


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