At some point in our lives, most of us will become caregivers. It is a vocation that can last for a few weeks of recovery time or for a long period of chronic illness or disability, and it will involve us intimately in another's preparation for death. For us, too, it is a preparation for a letting go that draws upon our deepest spiritual resources in ways possible to fully anticipate.
This gathering of reflections for caregivers focuses on the season of death and the strenuous, challenging, life-changing work of accompanying a beloved friend or family member on the final stretch of his or her journey and of mourning the losses that come at every stage.
These pieces are written primarily for those who believe in Christ and his promises, but they may also serve others - who come from other faith communities or from none - who happen upon them when life presents them with the task of caregiving.