About 15 years ago, I sat in a Chicago restaurant with a friend who had written a book for family caregivers. Her publisher had asked her to brainstorm ideas for her next book so she asked me for suggestions.
I offered this one: Why not write a book to help adjust to life after caregiving ends?
As soon as those words left my lips, I thought: Ohhhhhh… I just gave her a great idea that I wish I had given to myself.
My friend, though, discounted my idea. I can’t remember her reason but she immediately discarded the premise of a book for former family caregivers (or Godspeed Caregivers, as I call them). I do remember feeling astounded that she didn’t see the gift I just gave her.
Fast forward to a year ago, when The New York Times featured the stories of previous members of CareGiving.com and current members of AfterGiving.com. The two-part series ultimately led to the book I wrote last fall: After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again.
After Caregiving Ends guides you as you cope with two losses–the loss of your caregiving role and the loss of your family member or friend. The book will accompany you as you cope with grief and the transition into a life after caregiving ends. Organized into seven sections, After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again features practical tips, helpful insights and comforting perspectives of former family caregivers adjusting to life after caregiving.
The guide will officially be available on Amazon.com on or around May 6. (The timing is a little tricky so it could be earlier or it could be later.) However, I have early access to copies and I’d love to make the book available to you at a savings. You can save 20% when you pre-order a print version book which will ship to you on April 28. You can purchase a pre-launch copy of After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again in our store through May 5 for $20.96, which includes the cost of shipping and handling.
You can enjoy a preview After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again, which includes a passage from the “Close” section and interviews with three former family caregivers. Regardless of where you are in your caregiving journey, you’ll want to have this book handy.
I also will have a PDF version of the book available for you to purchase on Tuesday, also at a discount. I’ll share more details on April 22 on how you can purchase the PDF version. If you contributed your story as a former family caregiver, I will send you the PDF (at no charge) next week.
I’m so grateful for what the previous 15 years have taught me. I couldn’t have released the book a day earlier.
I love this book. I hope you will, too.
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