I hope you have a big and happy photo album.
But when a husband or wife starts down that journey of terminal illness, how do you remembrance it?
Do you even try?
Do you keep catheters and hospital bracelets and the other debri of illness and care?
Do you take pictures, even knowing that they will show a shadow of the person who was formerly fit and full of life?
In a word, YES.
Social media has pushed us to have curated lives; our posts represent the best we are, and the happiest we can be. This isn't a bad thing, and it's not dishonest, but it misses an opportunity for ministry.
Everyone's going to be either a caregiver or patient at some point. And looking away doesn't change the future.
So take the pictures, even if they're ugly. Build a 'remember when' into each hospital stay, because it is a part of your shared life.
It's your job to make it worth remembering.
nd here's the Little River Band, with Reminiscing.
My #write31days posts so far are:
October 1 - Worship For Caregivers
October 2 - Talk To A Caregiver
October 3 - Create A Caregiver Haven
October 4 - A Caregiver's Raw Hope
October 5 - A Caregiver's Trust
October 6 - Caregiving For Our Country
October 7 - Caregiver, Don't Hold Too Tight
October 8 - Caregiver, You Will Find Freedom In Truth
October 9 - A Caregiving Plan?
October 10 - A Caregiver's Listening Heart
I do ask that you be patient with my slow replies to your comments (which we treasure). I'm trying to stay caught up.
Still hoping to get the new and improved version of Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart up and running in the near future. Just haven't had the energy to do it yet...but if you would like to read it, please say so in your comment and I'd be glad to send you a PDF (which should fit your Kindle).
Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
If you can, please do leave a comment. I am trying to answer all, and I am failing, but please know this - I read and treasure each one.
Below are my recent releases on Kindle -please excuse their presence in the body of the blog. I haven't the energy to get them up as 'buttons' in the sidebar. You can click on the covers to go to the Amazon links.