vintage-441165_640A few years ago I read an article in The New York Times about empathy cards created by Emily McDowell that really focus on the reality of living with a series, chronic illness.

For instance, one card reads:

The Five Stages of Grief Empathy Card:

Crying in Public

Crying Alone While Watching TV

Crying at Work

Crying While You’re a Little Drunk

I love you.

I thought it would be fun for us to create expressions on cards, using holidays and specials days as our inspiration.

For our first card, let’s create sayings for cards you would love to receive for Thanksgiving. For example, you may like to receive a card that reads:

Wishing you a day during which you can be thankful that the turkey you eat isn’t that one family member you’d love to serve on a platter.

Happy Thanksgiving! In other words, Happy Grit-Your-Teeth Day, that wonderful holiday during which your family watches you do all the work.

(For more inspiration, check out the expressions we created a few years ago for a family caregiver’s Hallmark card.)

About Denise

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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