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Caresharing : A Reciprocal Approach to Caregiving and Care Receiving in the Complexities of Aging, Illness or Disability



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Rebalancing the prescribed roles in challenging caregiving situations so all involved are supported. New in Paperback! The word caregiver typically suggests someone doing all the giving for a frail, physically or mentally challenged, or aging person who is doing all the receiving. Marty Richards proposes a rebalanced approach of ┐caresharing.┐ From this perspective, the ┐cared for┐ and the ┐carer┐ share a deep sense of connection. Each has strengths and resources. Each can teach the other. Each can share in grief, hope, love and wisdom. Richards shows you how to move from independent caregiving to interdependent caregiving by engaging the spiritual and emotional aspects of caring for a loved one. Whether you are a daughter or son, a husband or wife, a sibling, long-term partner or good friend, Caresharing offers a multilayered, reciprocal process that will help you keep your spirit┐and your loved one┐s spirit┐alive in challenging times.

Table of Contents

Preludep. xi
The Dance of Sharing Carep. 1
An Invitation to Share Carep. 1
A New Vision for Sharing Carep. 2
The Basic Steps of the Caresharing Dancep. 7
Expanding the Caresharing Networkp. 13
The Body/Mind/Spirit Connectionp. 21
When Things Get Complicatedp. 30
Sharing Wisdom: What the Frail Teach the Wellp. 37
Inner Wisdomp. 37
Clearing the Wayp. 39
Putting Yourself in the Role of a Learnerp. 42
Gaining New Understanding from Storiesp. 51
Receiving Spiritual Strengthp. 54
Families Sharing the Care: Reinventing the Roles and Rulesp. 58
Family Systemsp. 58
Family Rolesp. 60
Family Rulesp. 72
Family Secretsp. 78
Sharing "Soul to Soul": A Special Relationship with People with Cognitive Limitsp. 83
Facing Difficult Challengesp. 83
Understanding the Stages of Dementiap. 84
Building Effective Communicationp. 93
Keeping the Spirit Alivep. 100
Dealing with Difficult Behaviorsp. 105
Connecting Soul to Soulp. 107
Sharing Grief: Coping with the "Large" and the "Little" Lossesp. 118
The Presence of Griefp. 118
Facing Transitionsp. 119
Facing Lossesp. 120
Dimensions of Griefp. 127
Grief Responsesp. 138
Coping with Griefp. 141
Spiritual Dimensions of Griefp. 147
Sharing Forgiveness: A Key Spiritual Journey in Caresharingp. 155
The Importance of Forgivenessp. 155
The Nature of Forgivenessp. 158
The Barriers to Forgivenessp. 160
Relationship Mattersp. 165
Daily Mattersp. 168
Where to Startp. 172
Spiritual Dimensions of Forgivenessp. 180
Reconciliationp. 183
Sharing Hope: An Active Process One Step at a Timep. 188
The Importance of Hope in Caresharingp. 188
Definitions of Hopep. 190
Four Key Aspects of Hopep. 193
Keeping Hope Alivep. 200
An Action Plan for Building on Hopep. 206
Postludep. 223
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 225
Acknowledgmentsp. 227
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