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At the moment, when I think of family caregiver I think about Mr. O and I taking care of the boys. But, there is no telling when things could change and other family members who took care of us as children might need us to take a turn at caring for them. If there is one thing I’ve gleaned from talking with people who have cared for a parent or other older family member, it is that there is a fair amount of sacrifice involved. Any time you have a lot of sacrifice, there is potential to have selfish feelings like resentment and pity to make an appearance.
Chicken Soup for the Soul’s new title, Family Caregivers, could be a great gift for someone who is caring for another to hear how other people have approached this aspect of life as well as hear about some rewarding times they’ve experienced.
This title has quite a variety of stories to read. I was touched by the short titled Milkshake Miracle where one man recounts a visit with his mother where she briefly recognizes him over a milkshake. While my personal experience with Alzheimer’s is limited, those friends and family who’ve gone through it would agree that even a brief glimpse of the ‘old’ person is a blessing. I also enjoyed reading about Joan Lunden’s experience with balancing care for her mother and care for her children.
About the Book
Do you have a family member who requires constant care? You are not alone. This collection offers support and encouragement in its 101 stories for family caregivers of all ages, including the "sandwich" generation caring for a family member while raising their children. With stories by those on the receiving end of the care too. These stories of love, sacrifice, and lessons will inspire and uplift family members making sacrifices to make sure their loved ones are well cared for, whether in their own homes or elsewhere.
ABC News has an archived video interview with Joan Lunden discussing this title.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers has a suggested retail price of $14.95.
Disclaimer ~ I was provided a copy of this title in the hopes I would write a review. No monetary compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.