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6 Tips for Embracing Caregivers
at Holiday Gatherings
increase stress for everyone, especially caregivers. A new APA study
found that more than 6 out of 10 Americans report significantly more
stress during the holidays (Here's thelink.)
need to find ways to manage their stress this holiday season and
family and friends can use their holiday gatherings to help them do
this. But first they need to open the door to a conversation with the
caregiver about how they are doing. Here are tips for them to get
this conversation going and allowing the love and support to flow.
Begin a respectful, productive conversation with the caregiver
without invading their privacy.
a private time and place and ask permission to discuss their
caregiving situation. For example: “I want to check in with you
about how caregiving is going and
(not but!) I don’t want to
intrude. Can we talk?” There’s no guarantee about how this
inquiry will land and what kind of response you’ll get; however,
respecting their space by asking for permission to speak about this
is a love and support in its own right.
Agree about whether this conversation – or part of it - is
confidential or not.
is important in engendering enough trust that the person feels safe
sharing what is truly going on for them.
Ask questions about the caregiver's well-being and be a good
conversation is about being truly present. The best way to see if
your help is desired or even appropriate is by your attentively
listening and not being too quick to get into problem solving. Ask
one or two broad and general questions and then let it happen. For
example: “Tell me how it’s going.” “What’s it like for you
these days?” “I so much admire all of what you’re doing; how
are you managing to do it?”
Honor and affirm the caregiver for their generosity, perseverance,
is one of the most generous acts we can ever be called upon to do –
even if we are doing it ambivalently , reluctantly, resentfully, out
of sense of guilt etc. We are being called upon to put another’s
needs ahead of our own and to be willing to interrupt other
priorities we are tending to in our lives. It also calls upon other
qualities that may indeed reflect our deepest held values. In fact,
it calls upon these even if we’re doing if for some of the less
noble reasons I mention above. So, if the spirit of the conversation
permits it, offer some affirmation of the way you see that person
truly walking their values in the ways they are caregiving.
Explore ways to share the care and be part of the caregiver's circle
the conversation goes in this direction, ask what you could do in the
following week that would lighten their burden in a practical way.
You might offer to have a follow up conversation soon to find some
follow up ways of helping – directly and also in helping them
strengthen their network of support.
Offer to help them explore the possibilities of using a caresite.
is a term I’ve coined for the free
websites that are available on the web to help famiIy caregivers let
people know what is going on, what they need, when/how they need it,
and also to receive loving affirmations and prayers from people who
care about them. The most popular caresites
are Caring Bridge, Lotsa Helping
Hands and CarePages. If this prospect sounds intriguing to them, set
up a time to sit by their side and do some exploration of these
on the web. Let them know if you would be willing to help them choose
and set up a caresite
or help them find someone else who can do it. (The current experts
these days seem to be people who are 12 years old!).
big message this holiday season? This all about relationship and
connection. Caregivers can not do this alone. You can use the warmth
of your holiday gathering to open up the healing possibilities that
are right in front of you.
For one of the last books I read in 2013, I have to say I am overjoyed I chose Hunted to close out the year. I could gush over this book for hours and still have a load to say! Not only is Hunted a gripping, powerful read, but it's one that will have at least one other book in the series, so my time with the characters is not coming to an end. This is really only the beginning! If you're a fan of Criminal Minds, do yourself a favor and go pre-order Elizabeth Heiter's debut now!
Evelyn Baine's experience as a criminal profiler with the FBI may not be lengthy, but she's one of the best at her job. As a result, she's called in to profile a serial killer who is raping, torturing, and burying women up to their necks deep in the forest. Evelyn is puzzled. Most serial killers put their victims on display, but this killer is looking for areas where people rarely go.
Because he is not following usual patterns, Evelyn struggles to come up with a solid profile that investigators can use. The clock is ticking. The Burier is on the hunt for his next victim and Evelyn has not escaped his attention.
I love psychological suspense. Unlike many books where I can pick out the guilty party, this book is set up so that there is no possible way. I loved that! I learned things as Evelyn did, which is a real treat in a suspense or mystery novel. From start to finish, I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if she could catch him.
There's a secondary plot, too. The reason why Evelyn got into criminal profiling goes back to her childhood. Her best friend was abducted and never found. Evelyn keeps the case file close by, determined to unravel the truth. It looks like this case is going to be more prominent in the second book in Elizabeth Heiter's Profiler series. I cannot wait for the release of Vanished in 2015!
Eight years ago, Geniver "Gen" Loxley suffered a stillbirth that still haunts her. Years of fertility issues have kept her from becoming a mom. She's shocked one day when a woman appears on her door step and tells her that her child wasn't stillborn at all and that Gen's husband was the mastermind behind the ruse.
Uncertainty with knowing who to trust and who is lying, Gen accepts the help of her husband's friend and begins investigating the truth. While she may not know who to trust, Gen does know one thing, if her daughter is out there, she will find her.
I always find it funny what draws a person to a book. In my case, I'd forgotten my Nook and whipped into the local library to get something to read while waiting for my daughter outside of her high school. The font used for the book spine is what caught my eye. After reading the inside jacket, I checked the book out and went on my way. I am so glad Close My Eyes did catch my eye.
For me, the writing was incredibly addicting. The more I read, the more I had to know if my gut instincts were correct. And, they were, but while I had the guilty person correct, the reasoning behind it was not what I expected. I loved that twist, no matter how deranged.
The ending, without going into spoilers, it fits so well. The entire case isn't one that deserves an easy solution, but in this case, it definitely left me thinking "wow." When I was done, I was already intrigued in finding more by this new-to-me author.
Not only does Pinkerton's Great Detective: The Amazing James McParland delve into the life and times of James McParland, but it also gives great insight into the Molly Maguires and the Pinkertons. I'm not a big fan of history, but something about Pinkerton's Great Detective drew me in and kept me reading.
If you're not familiar with James McParland, like me, he was an Irish native who moved to the states when he was in his 20s. He became one of the best known Pinkerton agents, one who was responsible for infiltrating the Molly Maguires, investigating the assassination of Idaho's Governor Steunenberg, and bringing about the conviction of the person behind a $320,000 theft of gold from a smelting company in San Francisco.
Pinkerton's Great Detective certainly has its merits. It is a riveting piece of history, but there were sections that moved a little slowly. I found myself fighting an urge to skip over pages in order to get back to the pacing I preferred. This could well be due to my general lack of enthusiasm for history, however. In the end, what I did feel is that the details provided in this biographical account show exactly how devoted James McParland was to his work and just how far he'd go to make sure a criminal was brought to justice. For history buffs, it's a book they will want to read.
On February 25, 1836, just one day after
sending his famous "Victory or Death" letter, Colonel William B. Travis
sent another letter from the Alamo. He wrote to Major-General Sam
Houston, Commander-in-Chief of the Texas Army, citing his men for
bravery. He wrote: "Charles Despallier and Robert Brown gallantly
sallied out and set fire to houses which afforded the enemy shelter, in
the face of the enemy fire." Until now, young Charles remained but a
name in the list of the Immortal 32.
From Martin to Despallier takes you on a journey through four
hundred years of colonization, invasions, revolutions, and secret
treaties. Charles never visited France, nor did his father Bernard ever
see the shores of his ancestors' native land, the ancient region of
Normandy. Starting off as clerks and mariners in France, then colonists
in Haiti, and military men in Louisiana, the Martins changed their
surname. Now known as Despallier, they became rebels and U.S.
frontiersmen, while their kin in France made it to the ranks of consuls
and, eventually, generals.
Dahlqvist's book tells the incredible story of
men making careers in the Royal Navy and Army, in politics, and in
justice. It is the first work ever describing the full and detailed
family history of one of the men who died at the Alamo: Charles
Info: Title From Martin to Despallier Subtitle "The Story of a French Colonial Family" (1610-1914) Author Rasmus Dahlqvist Publ. Nov 2013, 438pp, Amazon/Barns&Noble/bookshops
ISBN 978-1493603251 www.dahlqvist.be/Despallier.html
After her sister's death, Adrienne Cavill became her nephew's guardian. That little boy is everything to Adrienne, and news that his deadbeat father is coming back to town has Adriennne on high alert.
Wade Hunter only learned he was a father when his former girlfriend went into labor. He showed up at the hospital only to have her kick him out and threaten to charge him with abuse, something this new police officer didn't need on his record. Over the years, he paid child support, but he's always wanted to see his son. When he learns his ex is now dead, he's back in town and ready to become a father.
Soon, Adrienne and Wade are testing the waters to see how they can both raise the boy without stepping on each others' toes.
The Surprise Dad takes place around the holidays. I loved having the time period match the current season, though with the January release, readers will be getting this book after Christmas is over. It's still going to be a worthwhile read. I loved Wade's character. He hasn't had it easy between his domineering grandfather, alcoholic dad, and then bipolar ex. Adrienne is level headed too, and I liked that she usually considered her nephew's feelings over her own.
This is the 12th book in the Safe Harbor Medical Romance series. All of your favorite characters make appearances.
Just in time for the holidays, win a copy of F. Paul Wilson's Dark City (A Repairman Jack: Early Years) novel.
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