For nearly a decade, caregivers like you have provided unparalleled skills, compassion, and resilience. We’ve laughed and cried with you. We’ve researched, prayed, and studied together. What we learned is that the caregiving experience is based on three essential events: Diagnosis, Day to Day, Dying and Rebuilding. This is the Triple D ‘n R. The Caregiver’s Toolbox mirrors those three lifecycles.
- Stage 1: Diagnosis.
- Stage 2: Day-to-Day
- Stage 3: Dealing with Death and Rebuilding
You may not go through all of these stages, but begin with the stage that most closely speaks to you and where you may need the most support. You can back up to a previous section, go forward, or hunt and peck through the chapters. If you have purchased this book for a friend or loved one, what a gift you are giving! Your thoughtful gift also means you are committed to helping your caregiving friend through some tough, but also joyful times.
It is our hope that you are richly blessed by the tools, stories, and resources provided in this kit. We thought of you every day.
You don’t have to be perfect. Thank God, that position has already been filled. You will say things you don’t mean, but be strong and wise enough to ask for forgiveness. Please know that we are hugging you through the caregiving process, step by step. When you just need a prayer and a friend, send us an email. If it’s at midnight, we will answer in the morning, and you’ll feel better.
God bless you and your loved ones. We hope you’ll let us know how you are doing.
In deepest kindness,
Carolyn and Peter