The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The calling of caregiving

Only a spiritual focus can sustain compassion

Ten years ago Mom and I began to attend her medical appointments together, run errands together and figure out some of her paperwork together. At age 75 my mother gradually began to need help, and I was happy to do just that.

This story is common among families with aging loved ones.

And just as I began to provide informal help, so do many family members begin their caregiving role unaware of its significance until one day — as was true for me — we realize how dependent upon us our loved one has become. We are caregivers.

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