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Caregiving : the spiritual journey of love, loss, and renewal
McLeod, Beth Witrogen, 1948-
Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley & Sons, [1999]

Physical Description:
viii, 264 pages ; 24 cm

Format :


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R726.8 .M39 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
R726.8 .M39 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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With the ageing of the baby boomers and lifespans increasing for the senior community, caregiving is becoming an ever more important topic. Beth McLeod examines the phenomenon of the process in this book. Interweaving her own story of caring for each of her dying parents with the touching stories of other caregivers, it provides people who find themselves in such a situation with practical advice and wisdom from an expert with unquestionable credentials. Approaching the subject in a multidisciplinary way, the book examines health, medicine, financial/insurance issues, religion psychology, and spirituality, and with grounded advice from leading authorities, also covers depression, stress, Alzheimer's, cancer, and AIDS.

Author Notes

BETH WITROGEN MCLEOD lectures nationwide and conducts Internet chat groups on caregiving issues. She has written for Family Circle, SELF, Good Housekeeping, the Noetic Sciences Review, and the San Francisco Examiner, is a consultant and syndicated columnist for Third Age Media, and teaches a course in family caregiving through the University of California. For her writing and advocacy, Beth McLeod has received many honors, including the Society for Professional Journalists Public Service Award, the National Hospice Organization′s President′s Award, the Primary Care Journalism Award from Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Media Award for Outstanding Public Service from the Family Caregiver Alliance. She lives in the San Francisco area with her husband and two cats.

Table of Contents

Setting out on the path of caregiving
What Family Caregiving Is: I Am a Caregiver
Women and Caregiving: The Spirit of Christmas Present
The Medical/Financial Maze: A Sacred Sorrow
Caring for Aging Parents: Into the Abyss
Spousal Caregiving: Do Not Resuscitate
Emotional Wilderness
The Nature of Loss
The Stresses of Caregiving: Blessings
Caregivers and Depression
Hitting Bottom: To the Stars through Difficulty
Bridges To The Future
Support Strategies and Everyday Miracles
Caregivers, Religion, and Spirituality
End-of-Life Concerns
Caregiving as a Rites of Passage: Fancy Nightmares
Reclaiming Life
Awakening the Heart: Thank You for Everything
The Urge to Serve: Out Love Will Never End
Caregiving and Community
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