Change, Loss and Hope

Yesterday afternoon I attended the Change, Loss and Hope session at North Vancouver City Library. The session was led by bereavement counsellors Carolyn Main and Kathy Schretlen with the Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society who started us out thinking about all the things we do as caregivers. The list was long. It got me thinking about the caregiving activities I’ve done in the last little while: transporting back and forth to medical appointments, managing finances, researching and purchasing medical equipment, arranging social visits, speaking with health care professionals….

We broke up into small groups, which gave us a chance to talk to each other. Many of us realized we had strengths which helped us cope, and we also picked up tips from other caregivers for how to manage when the stress becomes overwhelming.

Personally, I think I gained strength and inspiration from caregivers who were willing to share their stories.

You might want to check out a few books, available at North Shore libraries, recommended by Carolyn and Kathy :

Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents by Claire Berman

The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook by Diana Denholm

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Our next session is the March 25th Walk and Talk.

submitted by Josie 

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