Caring for the Caregiver Part I

05-27-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

For some caregivers, the caregiving journey can become a full-time job. In such situations, caregivers don't often realize the impact that 24/7 caregiving has on their emotional, spiritual and physical health. It is during this time that caregivers need to also take care of themselves, often very difficult with all their caregiving tasks. Yet, there are ways for caregivers to work in self-care and still fulfill their caregiving responsibilities. Over the next few weeks we will look at several ideas that caregivers have shared at caregiver support group meetings.

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Summer Break

05-27-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

I will take a needed rest from writing as I get out into the field for other photo opportunities and reflection. We will resume the Pastor's Desk page in September.

Many of you will also be taking a break from the normal rhythms of the academic year. If and when you prepare for a getaway be sure to plan ahead and see where the best times and places for mass are at www.masstimes.org.

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Anticipation of Mass

05-20-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

I had a little rest after Easter to travel north and visit the Scenic Cathedral Valley, Utah. Some settler with a religious appeal was reminded of some ancient European Gothic Cathedral and the name stuck. I don't know for sure. What was rather restful was the 58 mile off road trek to get there and it took a while to arrive because in most places it was imprudent to drive faster that 15 mph. But the anticipation of seeing the Valley grew at each turn.

It also dawned on me at a brief moment that our desire to see Jesus or to celebrate Mass should be something similar. Preparation does that to us. The better we prepare for any activity, the more fruitful it becomes.

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Caregiver Burn Out

05-20-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

For some caregivers, the caregiving journey can become a full-time job. In such situations, caregivers don't often realize the impact that 24/7 caregiving has on their emotional, spiritual and physical health. It is during this time that caregivers need to also take care of themselves, often very difficult with all their caregiving tasks. Yet, there are ways for caregivers to work in self-care and still fulfill their caregiving responsibilities. Over the next few weeks we will look at several ideas that caregivers have shared at caregiver support group meetings.

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Mothers

05-13-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms of Holy Cross! This was an image I took at the April 6th Family Day here at Holy Cross. The priests offer you a special blessing at the end of Mass this day to prayerfully conserve you in your role as educators of your children, both biological and spiritual. You are traditionally the first educators in the faith. The Church knows the delicate role of service that you provide in the home and may He bestow on you the wisdom to raise God fearing children. Your kids see you in rapport with all members of the family, but especially in your rapport with God.

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Caregiver Action Network (CAN)

05-13-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

Being a caregiver requires a lot of the caregiver. Very few caregivers have the medical knowledge they feel they may need to be an effective caregiver for their loved ones. Questions abound: What do I need to know about the disease my loved one has? How can I best assist my loved one? What should I watch for in my loved one's condition? To where can I turn if I need assistance? One resource that can assist caregivers is the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) website which contains several videos on different diseases in their online caregiver video resource center.

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Humility and Simplicity

05-06-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

If you stand in one place long enough, The Emerald Swallowtail will perch on a daisy to frame a really nice shot. I took this a couple of months ago at the Botanical Garden in Phoenix. I'm not into shooting flowers. I prefer to shoot rodeos and dirt bike races. This quiet pose of nature speaks to me of God in other ways: that He is restful, playful, gentle. After all, it is His handiwork and all the perfections and beauty we see in nature exist first and foremost in God as their Author.

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Caregiver Action Network

05-06-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

Caregiving can be a lonely journey as many caregivers often feel isolated from their family members and friends as their caregiving duties require more and more of their time. Some caregivers find that their journeys have become 24/7 which brings even more isolation. One of the best coping strategies for caregivers is to attend caregivers’ support group meetings on a regular basis which helps combat the feeling of isolation as caregivers discover that they are not alone, that other caregivers have similar experiences and feelings. However, attending a support group may not be an option for those caregivers who are providing round-the-clock care.

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