Thank you, Janice, for all the research you do. So helpful, as usual!
Janice, you have so much valuable to say--both information and perspective--which is helpful as I try to help my sibling who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Thanks Janice. The next few months may be interesting for me as I travelled frequently to be with my Mom. It was always quite a trip and took a while to recover once I got home. I'm still in the groove of sorting everything out but once that's done I think things will feel very different, just as you describe here.
Honestly Janice, when caregiving ends it's like retiring from a life-long career. The energy shift is incredible. Sometimes overwhelming. And the extra time is sometimes a thing. But there is a relief that comes with it. Your senses and anxiety levels soften. And there is time to think and reflect. So embrace it, and thank goodness you were able to see it through, as best as you could, no matter what that looked like. And look forward to a new chapter. Even if the loss is overwhelming you're in a new place. And like all things new, it takes time to get used to it. Good read, thank you.