The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Spiritual resilience

It's key for caregivers, whether near or far

How do you tell someone you love that he must now live in a place where others will decide what he eats and when he bathes? How do you help someone understand that she'll never again plan a meal, tidy a room or do her laundry? How do you say this, then get back in your car and drive away?

photodiscLong-distance caregivers face these questions every day. When I helped move my increasingly vulnerable parents from an independent care cottage to their new "home" — an assisted nursing unit seven hours away from me — I had no answers to these questions.

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