“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” —Tia Walker, author of The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love
It used to be that multi-generational families lived together—young and old—with plenty of physical, emotional, and spiritual support for one another. The older generation worked hard to take good care of their families, until they were physically unable, and then the roles were reversed as the younger generation stepped up to the plate.
Today, families are scattered, each to their own separate careers, schedules, and corners of the world. This is the norm for our culture, yet it poses a real problem when a loved one becomes unable to care for themselves. In fact, it can really shake up a person’s life, when they are suddenly called to the caregiving role, leaving them feeling helpless and overwhelmed. Caregiving could even be described as one of the most stress-producing seasons of life.
That’s why it is crucial that we recognize those who have taken on the role of caregiver—often without choice—and offer as much help as we can. If you are a caregiver, or know of someone who is, here are a few life-giving resources to help you on your journey and hopefully help you avoid burnout.
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