Needed: Your Stories About Loss

candle-about-to-blow-outAs you know, we launched an initiative in 2011 called CareGifters. Through CareGifters, we fund caregiving solutions, one family caregiver at a time. Whenever we can, we raise $500 to give to a family caregiver; the family caregiver uses the money to fund a solution for one (or more) of their challenges.

We raise money for CareGifters through direct donations and through our CareGifters Book Series, which includes Help, Comedy, Forgiveness, Gifts, Love and Decisions. (You can purchase your copies here.)

Our seventh book will feature your stories about loss. For this theme, Loss, share a story about a loss you’ve faced during your caregiving experience. It could be a loss you watched your caree experience–and it broke your heart. It could be a loss that you felt–and it broke your heart. It could be about what you worry you may lose. It could be about a loss from which you’re still recovering. The story could be about losses you overcame on your own or with your caree or as a family. It could be about losses you suffered, which amazingly brought you to a place of gain. The loss could be about friendships, money, expectations, time, dreams or an aspect of a relationship.

We’re taking submissions for the Loss book through July 15. We’ve had requests for extension so our new deadline is July 29.

Here are the guidelines for submission:

1. Your submission must be 1,500 words or less.

2. Your submission, in the form of an essay, short story, narrative or poem, must be related to the book’s theme of “Loss.”

3. Your submission is, in essence, a donation. With your submission, you acknowledge you will not receive reimbursement upon the book’s publication.

4. We may not be able to include all submissions in the book. We will notify you whether or not your story will be included by July 25. Each published submission will feature the author’s by-line, bio and website link (if applicable).

5. To enter a submission, email your story by July 15 July 29 to loss_story@caregiving.com. Please only attach Word or .txt documents (no PDFs). Include your name and phone number in your email.

6. Our goal is to publish the book in early August. Proceeds from the book’s sales will benefit CareGifters.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Denise.

Thanks so much! We look forward to receiving your story about loss.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Needed: Your Stories About Loss

  1. Avatar of JoJo

    @Denise,

    As always your post intrigue me.

    When I read this, I thought, “at last I have something I can contribute, if there is one subject I’m intimately familiar with, it is loss”

    Only as I began to think of specific examples, each loss was inseparably connected with a gain. In fact I found it impossible to think of my losses without appreciating what I have gained in their absence.

    My wife has died, but I have grown as a single parent and comforter to my children;

    My brother has died, but I have gained the opportunity to love on my niece and nephew and provide comfort to my sister-in-law which will pay dividends long term.

    My father has died, but I get to live the tremendous legacy he laid before me, to look after his memory, and care for his wife, my Mom in his absence.

    Dementia has taken my Mom’s knowledge of who I am, but it has not taken my knowledge of who she is nor can it keep me from loving her. I get to return to her the unconditional love she once offered me. No gift is greater.

    So, once again Denise, I must apologize but I have nothing to contribute. My losses have been my gain.

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    • Avatar of DeniseDenise Post author

      Ahhh, @jo, we are on the same page. We’re also looking for stories of loss which lead to a gain:

      “It could be about losses you suffered, which amazingly brought you to a place of gain.”

      I hope you’ve just created our first contribution. :)

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  2. Avatar of TrishTrish

    @jo, You write so eloquently because you write honestly and with courage. This piece is just the sort of words from the heart that make our book series so special. With your permission, I would love to include your words in our “Loss” book. <3

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