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Purpose and meaning. Raising a family was an amazing journey.
Caregiving is indeed one of the important value that a person should have.
Caring for others has made me realize that we can fill our heart with love only if we have people around us about whom we care!!
Realizing that I was hurting more than helping, I first had to learn the difference between caregiving and caretaking.
Caregiving is an act respect – I will give myself to you and I will trust in you to tell me what you need. This is an act of love and support towards the other person, in my case, the ones that I loved the most.
Caretaking is I know what you need to do. I have more experience and knowledge then you and better understand what you need. This is an act of disrespect of another human being and takes away their dignity when most vulnerable.
The most loving experience I have ever had is to be with someone in their last moments, it was an honor to have their trust.
Interestingly enough, tomorrow is the anniversary of my Mother’s passing, it brings a gentle love to my heart.
A good perception is most important. Go out of the way and do what the situation and the person is asking for( most of times non verbal). Don‘t only think of what you learnt or what you think to know. It is essential to learn and to be prepared, but don‘t forget to watch, to listen and to feel. Don‘ care your knowledge , but the patient
To do whatever needs to be done, given the particular circumstances of a situation. Of course, with the complete consent and participation of the receiver.
Caregiving has taught me to respect the dignity of others. The old, the young, the dying whatever their state in this life ministering with respect to their personhood keeps my “help” centered on what is best for them. Sometimes it’s not about what I think someone else needs.
Caregiving has taught me that service humbles and being humbled is good. Caregiving has shown me it opens doors to peoples hearts when done with the right attitude. Caregiving has taught me that no matter the age we all need it. Caregiving has taught me to love deeper and by doing it it connects me with others.
Caring, compassion patience and also that one needs to be caregiving to themselves and not just with others.
Caregiving takes patience. I have learned that I lack patience! Lol! I am learning to develop more patience both with myself and others.
Like seeds we plant in the soil, caregiving is tending to needs. We can’t rush the process and we can’t overdo it either. Over time we see how much growth happens.
Caregiving is exhausting, both mentally and physically. It has taught me to let go of the unnecessary and focus on the present while preparing for “the next step.” It has also taught me to receive the gratitude of the other.
As I take care of my aging mother, I am taught through her – the circle of life.
Everyone’s answers have been extremely helpful to me as I struggle with self care and how to help and care of a loved one who is deeply depressed. A key for me when it comes to care giving is that I can’t fix any one else but I can offer to walk with them with compassionate love.
It depends on how you interpret caregiving as such. Do you see it as more of a self guilt trip? E.g. reflecting on it as if, if I was in their position would I like someone to help me and to guide me in the way that I am going to help them.
Or do you see it as more of an opportunity to build yourself into a better person, to caregive to them selflessly.
I personally think caregiving has taught me to be more of a selfless person and to take the opportunity to not be so selfish and help another person out, not from the guilt but from the heart.
I learned patience looking after family members who were sick or recovering from my surgery..
But when tending to those who were dying, I learned what active, ongoing courage and surrender and look like.
To be patient, loving and compassionate. We’re all in this together.
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