Holidays like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Memorial Day can stimulate memories, or longings.
And sometimes it’s events or days not usually associated with memories that are the hardest.
Well, it’s because they can catch you unprepared. With an official holiday that’s associated with memories, you may have some warning that it’s coming.
When I was young, Memorial Day was an important holiday. I grew up near a town that was one of the ones starting the practice of Memorial Day after the Civil War. Oh, it never got official recognition from the federal government for founding the day. That honor went to a different town.
Still, it was a time that families would gather at cemeteries to place flowers on graves, or to plant them. And even if your family didn’t have anyone to honor, it was a time to notice the care and love others showed.
Reminiscing after the caregiving ends can give you great comfort. And like many parts of caregiving, it can also lead to intense sorrow. Focusing on the negative aspects of memories—“what if” or the “if only”—can lead to more and more pain and sorrow. While focusing on happy memories, on those moments of joy and love can lead to happiness and comfort.
Creating those happy memories while caregiving can be challenging with everything you already do. It can also be a comfort, and make your caregiving easier while reducing caregiver stress. Reminiscing can do the same. Reminiscing be allowing your carereceiver to share the memories she recalls, even if someone else thinks they’re “wrong.” We explain further in our free webinar…
In our webinar Remember and Reminisce With Purpose: Transforming Caregiving One Memory At a Time we show you…
- Steps you can take long before the caregiving ends to keep the good memories alive and to share them…
- The power of changing from focusing on remembering to reminiscing in you carereceiver and how it can reduce caregiver stress and…
- Suggestions for how to preserve memories that can be started while caregiving, and final editing and preservation can be done afterwards.
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We’re here to help you make your caregiving Happy&Healthy.
To your Happy&Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore, M.D.
Ambassador of Caregiving at www.HowToLiveOnPurpose.com