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June 17, 2009

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Susan Neely

Thank you for bringing this subject to the front as a responsibility of the church body.
I cared for my Mom at my own home for 4 years including the last very difficult year that I assumed would only be a couple of months when the sojourn started. I had to quit work and got only negative support from my family and church. Only a few friends stood by when I needed prayer.
Although my financial needs were not small, it was interesting that it was the Chinese spiritual children from Hong Kong who were almost the only ones to help me. She had been a missionary,there.
I lost my home and would be homeless,now, were it not for a sister in Christ who is closer than my own sister.
I have been a widow for 30 years and now feel called to the mission of the city of Philadelphia. It is a mission field to the world within a few square miles. My profession is gone, my stuff is gone BUT my hope in the Lord is more viable than ever.
I am thankful for the time I was fortunate to spend with my MOM and look forward to seeing her again in the presence of the Lord!

Kathleen

Thank you for this article! I am looking forward to reading the comments and getting more information from a biblical perspective.

We just built an addition onto our house for my mother-in-law, and we feel very overwhelmed by this responsibility sometimes. My husband and I are in our early thirties, and we have four very young children. He's the youngest child, so his mother is much older than mine. All this to say, there is not much out there on caring for parents and small children (or any children!) at the same time. Most of our friends have no idea what it was like to lose a parent, much less take on the care of an aging one. So this post touches my heart.

I really enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for the encouragement that it always brings.
Kathleen

Bethanne

Thanks so much for this article. Just a week ago we buried my grandma who had lived with us for nearly 4 years. These past 9 months required 24/7 care. My mom was the chief care giver to her mother in law while also caring for her mom who lives in a nursing home. She also mothered me her only child at of her 6. And made time for her 17 grand children and many other things.

I'm not sure if it is common but I would love to see more articles and advice out there for teens who's parents are caring for their grandparents. I had just graduated from high school when grandma's care became full time because of a fall.

I would not trade this experience for anything but there were some difficult times. Some day I hope others can learn from my story

I don't know what could have helped. I think it would have been more encouraging if my grandma would have received more visitors. As it was her pastor didn't even make it once a month. There were times when a meal would have been much appreciated. It's hard to say for every situation is different. I was able to take care of the house and cooking for my mom but others might not have that help and might appreciate some help.

I rejoice today that after 96 years of life my grandma is in the Lord's presence. I feel selfish for wanting her here when never before has she been so happy.

Thanks again for the article. Often a caregiver can feel forgotten in the midst of other things in life.

J.R. Miller

Good post. I have some dear friends who are caregivers to several handicapped children. Mnistering to these wonderful people is a blessing.

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