22nd Birthday Party: Forgive


22nd Birthday Party: Forgive

Every day this week, we’re celebrating Caregiving.com’s 22nd birthday with activities and prizes, including a free seat at an upcoming Certified Caregiving Consultant training program.

Today, we’re breaking to disrupt our life with forgiveness.

I think we all carry a regret or a shame. Maybe it’s not something we think about every day or every week, but once in awhile, the memory comes up. And, we can feel that memory begin to control who we are. The memory haunts, belittles, controls. It’s awful.

Today, let’s forgive ourselves for what we we wish we would have done differently or better or not at all. Let’s disrupt our lives by being to kind to ourselves, by realizing we’re doing the best we can and by letting a second chance, rather than a past regret, rule our day.

Share who and what you'll forgive in our comments section, below. I’ll choose two random winners to receive one of our daily gifts:

  • Free three-day registration and a discounted meal package for a family caregiver or former family caregiver to our upcoming Third Annual National Caregiving Conference which takes place Nov. 8-11 in Chicago;

  • Our Caregiving Comfort eBook Pack which includes PDFs of Denise’s books: “The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey,” “Take Even More Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers” and “After Caregiving Ends, a Guide to Beginning Again.”

When you post a comment, you’ll be entered into a chance to win a free seat in an upcoming Certified Caregiving Consultant training program. I’ll announce our daily and grand prize winners on August 12.

I’m looking forward to reading your fun facts!

(Would you like to give back? We’re raising money to send 10 family caregivers in need to our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference. Your donation (any amount helps!) can give those who care a caring break. Thank you for whatever you can give!)

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Lillie Fuller

When I think about or talk about the care I gave my dad, I always have regrets that I didn't know how to deal with sundowners and dementia. I always think I have forgiven myself but when it comes to mind I truly have regrets. I think, \"if i knew then what I know now\". In all the years I have been a caregiver, it is my biggest regret and my deepest hurt. I need to just really forgive myself.


I struggle with a specific family relationship and let the anger, frustration, and emotions impact my life and my husband's life. I need to truly forgive my family member and not place expectations on them that may not be realistic for them at the time. I also need to forgive myself for allowing the bitterness to impact my day and for my own defensive reactions. This is a trying journey at times, and the exhaustion and emotions can drive my own responses. I need to be kind to myself and forgive myself because I know I am doing all I can.