After Caregiving Ends
As a young woman, my purpose was to take care of my family and, while I didn’t plan it, to have a career. After the children were grown, my goal was to work and take care of Dan, especially during the last four years when he struggled with dementia. After he died, I had to take care of business - insurance, accounts, bills, etc. - but soon I finished those tasks. Now, what?
Over time, I was able to rethink my purpose, which involved writing this newsletter and supporting my family. I found meaningful hobbies like traveling, tending my plants, and painting. It’s a new life - and it’s fulfilling for me.
It can be scary when we are no longer caregivers. Having a plan is a good idea.
There are plenty of websites that offer ideas.
How To Reclaim Life After Years of Caregiving - “You're not only losing a spouse, family member, or loved one, but you're also losing your job."
What Happens When Caregiving Ends - “AARP talked with several former caregivers about the struggles they faced in this major life transition. Here are some lessons they learned.”
7 Steps To Plan For After Caregiving “Life after caregiving can be incredibly beneficial. First, it helps ensure that you have a life to step into when caregiving ends. When we know what we want, we can take the steps to put it in place.”
When Caregiving Ends - “You are in a time of transition. Don’t expect to know all the answers or every step.”
Resources to Help You After Caregiving Ends - Denise Brown is an expert. I have her book, which is free if you have Kindle Unlimited.
Experience tells me that having a plan in mind for the next chapter in our lives is comforting.
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