In Six Words, What's a Caregiving Guilt?


In Six Words, What's a Caregiving Guilt?

law-1063249_640There's guilt.

And, then there's caregiving guilt.

I'm not sure there's anything quite like caregiving guilt because you can feel guilty for so much during the day. You feel guilty about losing your patience for a minute (even though you've held your tongue for 10 hours). You feel guilty for taking a few hours to yourself (even though you've been available to everyone and everything for the past 12 days straight). You feel guilty for needing a break (even though everyone else in the family happily takes theirs).

Oy vey, the guilt.

For this six-word write about your caregiving guilt. You can write a story about what makes you feel guilty. You can share how the caregiving guilt feels. You can even write about how you overcome your caregiving guilt.

Share your six-word story about caregiving guilt in our comments section, below. I'll pick a random winner to receive a copy of my latest book, Take Even More Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers. (You'll love it!)

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Did I make the right decision? \r\nMaybe I could have done this instead....\r\nI was not thinking clearly enough....\r\nWhat else should I have done?


Congrats to Skye, who won my book!! Look for an email from me. \r\n\r\nThanks so much to all of you for sharing!!


I might not make the right decisions.

Jan Larsen-Fendt, RN, BSN

Feeling like I never did enough.


Make mistakes. False guilt drenches. Choking!\r\nWorry floods. Stomach churns. Breath hitches.\r\nGrab the rope. Hang on tight.\r\nTwist and turn, bruised and weary,\r\nAgainst barnacle encrusted hull-ship of life.\r\nStop. Breathe. In. Out. Breathe again...\r\nStop that thought, for hope awaits.\r\nStill, thoughts arise like wicked froth\r\nBubbling, consuming, acid scum, eating, eating...\r\nStop again. Breathe again.Think again.\r\nRay of light, glimpse of peace\r\nShines through the storm; calm river.\r\nTurn my face to soothing flow,\r\nFeel the stillness, absorb the silence,\r\nWarm with love, well of life,\r\nI rest. I breathe. I rest.

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