Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss and Renewal
Review by Phyllis Laudano, Staff Writer
"Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss and
a Nutshell: Beth Witrogen McLeod is a gifted and eloquent writer who has the ability
to touch the readers heart with the personal accounts of her own caregiving
experiences. This book will inspire and encourage as it uplifts the readers spirit
bringing love, hope and new meaning to the difficult task of caregiving.
This book is a must for all those who are caring for an ill or elderly loved one. It not only contains a wealth of practical information, but also guides us through the spiritual journey and personal growth that is so often a the unrecognized benefit of caregiving.
"Caregiving" is a uniquely inspired book that blends practical advice with profound spiritual wisdom. Beth Witrogen McLeods experience in caring for her father, suffering from cancer and her mother, who at the same time, was deteriorating from Lou Gehrigs Disease helped her develop a rare and enlightened perspective on the entire spectrum of caregiving. Rather then viewing caring for a loved one as a dutiful obligation to be endured and then forgotten, as is often the case, the author guides the reader down a different path. She came to the realization through a journey in which she endured intense emotional pain and grief, that by giving oneself to another we receive the gift of personal growth and strength.
The book includes practical advice offered by professionals in the fields of medicine, finance, spirituality and aging. The author touches upon such topics as stress, depression, home care, and end of life concerns. The appendix contains an extensive list of resources that would be of great value to any caregiver.
Topics Discussed/ Table of Contents
Introduction- My Parents Are Dying
Part I Setting Out on the Path of Caregiving
Part II Emotional Wilderness
Part III Bridges to the Future
Part IV Reclaiming Life
About the Author
Beth Witrogen McLeod lectures nationwide and conducts Internet chat groups on caregiving issues. She has written for Family Circle, SELF, Good Housekeeping, the Noetic Sciences Review, and the San Francisco Examiner, is a consultant and syndicated columnist for Third Age Media, and teaches a course in family caregiving through the University of California. For her writing and advocacy, Beth McLeod has received many honors, including the Society for Professional Journalists Public Service Award, the National Hospice Organizations Presidents Award, the Primary Care Journalism Award from Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Media Award for Outstanding Public Service from the Family Caregiver Alliance. She lives in the San Francisco area with her husband and two cats.
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