Tell Us: What Do You Dread?

Denise

Tell Us: What Do You Dread?

Denise
Radio.svgLast night, on Your Caregiving Journey, our panel of family caregivers gathered to share what they dread. You can listen to our show via the player below.

Both @kreisler and @jbones1961 dread declines while @ejourneys dreads the aftermath of a miscommunication with her partner. Our conversation led to a discussion about dreading death; I asked the panel: Do you dread your own death? Jane and Richard said they dread how their death will affect their families. Ejourneys, who had a very serious accident when she was a child, explained that, up until a few years ago, she lived a life of action as she focused on doing and achieving. Because of caregiving, she's recently learned to simply be, which is just as meaningful.

I'd love to hear your thoughts. What do you dread? Do you dread death (your caree's or your own)? Please share in our comments section, below.


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Jo Rozier

<a href='http://www.m40.siteground.biz/~caregiv6/members/anne/' rel=\"nofollow\">@Anne</a>,\r\n\r\n<a href='http://www.m40.siteground.biz/~caregiv6/members/denise/' rel=\"nofollow\">@Denise</a> is correct. Moving both of my parents into a facility was one of the hardest acts of love I ever did. But it was absolutely that, an act of love. One I have never had reason to regret.\r\n\r\nMight I suggest that the fact that you are asking if you have done enough is good indicator that you did all you could.\r\n\r\nAnd don't forget, your role as loving daughter and caregiver does not end at the door of any facility. You will be as important to him as ever, except now you have dedicated help to assist you.

Denise

Hi Anne--I understand the dread! One of our members (<a href='http://www.m40.siteground.biz/~caregiv6/members/jo/' rel=\"nofollow\">@jo</a>) wrote a few years ago about moving his parents to an assisted living facility. He drove around the block several times before finally going to the facility simply because it was sooo difficult. \r\n\r\nThe good news is that everyone (Jo and his parents) made it through the transition. \r\n\r\nThe aging process is a beast. Often, we just can't do enough to stop it because it's so much bigger than we are. \r\n\r\nIt will be a difficult day when you bring him to assisted living. But you will be with him. You are--and will be--enough. \r\n\r\nPlease continue to keep us posted.