Sunday, April 29, 2012

#WlN a Copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul for Family Caregivers - @ChickenSoupSoul

Chicken Soup Family Caregivers

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers: 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice, and Bonding
  • Written by Joan Lunden and Amy Newmark
  • Paperback Binding (Digital Editions are also available)
  • 101 Stories from Family Caregivers 
  • An Introduction and Notes by Joan Lunden
  • Suggested Retail Price $14.95
  • Released March 13th, 2012
  • 464 Pages
If you are caring for a family member, or think you might be called to in the future, you will probably enjoy Chicken Soup for the Soul:Family Caregivers:  101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice and Bonding.  

Joan Lunden is well versed in the role of family caregiver.  She tells her story in the introduction, and adds insight through notes and interviews preceding chapters in the book.  

Sadly, Joan's father died when she was still a young girl.  The family adjusted and life went on.  Just as Joan was embarking upon her successful career as a television journalist, both her brother and mother became ill.  Unfortunately, they were 3,000 miles away.  Different arrangements were tried, and finally she found a perfect solution that worked for many years.  All was well until her brother passed away suddenly, and Joan had to both grieve her brother's passing and figure out how to care for her now elderly mother.  

Ms. Lunden not only shares her story, but she provides some very helpful advice and resources for all families.  It is extremely likely that many of us will be in the role of caregiver for a parent or relative, it's just a fact of life.  The wisdom shared  from her experience is helpful and includes things I hadn't considered.  Although I made sure to keep possible living arrangements in mind, some of the more important things had never occurred to me.

In her notes before the stories, Joan had included interviews with family and friends.  The emotional honesty is going to be a blessing to many, I'm sure.

The collection of stories is broken into eight groups:
  1. Lessons Learned
  2. All You Need is Love
  3. Finding Joy
  4. Acceptance
  5. Laughter is the Best Medicine
  6. Perseverance
  7. Blessings
  8. Saying Goodbye
In typical Chicken Soup for the Soul style the short stories provide a roller coaster ride of emotions, and I suggest that readers keep tissues nearby.  Whether caring for a parent, a sibling, a spouse, or a child, it is never easy to see people that we love lose their independence or decline in health.  Caregiving is rewarding, but it can often take a toll on us and on our other relationships.  It is important to have support or respite if it is needed, and it is equally important to know that others have been in your position, and felt the same emotions, both happy and sad.  This book provides a bit of that type of comfort.

The easiest way to purchase is through Amazon or Barnes and Noble online, but many brick and mortar stores will have this as well.

For more titles, or to become part of the community, visit the Chicken Soup for the Soul website. Readers are invited to submit their own story and sign up to have inspirational stories delivered by email,. You can also follow using Facebook, or Twitter.

If you or somebody you love is in a Caregiving situation, and you would like a copy of this book, I am happy to have the opportunity to offer the chance to win one in a giveaway.  Use the RaffleCopter Form below to enter.  Please be careful to follow the instructions, because I do verify the entry methods of the winner.

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I received a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest, blogged review.  I was not paid to write this post, and my opinions are genuine.