No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia
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No Act of Love is Ever Wasted is an excellent resource for individuals caring for loved ones as well as for counselors,support group leaders, pastors, and other professionals. In addition to offering practical ways to help, this book serves as a reminder that every act of love brings positive transformation to the recipient, to the giver, and to the world.
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Upper Room
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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skctDes Moines IAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5helpful resource for all caregiversAugust 13, 2011skctDes Moines IAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In their book No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons With Dementia, coauthors Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan re-envision â€” from a Christian perspectiveâ€”caregiving for those suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of debilitating dementia. Thibault, a gerontologist and clinical professor of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Morgan, a retired chaplain and professor, share their wealth of experience in this well-written and helpful book.
Martin Buber once said, "The greatest thing one can do for another is to confirm what is deepest in another." This quote sums up authors' main premise: the soul of a person with dementia survives even when to all appearances nothing but an empty physical shell is left, and the caregiver becomes the presence of God and the provider of God's love to the person, i.e. confirming and affirming "what is deepest."
The authors understand caregiving as a mutual spiritual path, one that allows the caregiver to grow spiritually while striving to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the person needing care. This process often demands rethinking and reimaging as caregivers struggle with the dramatic changes in their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Included in the recommended spiritual practices is one the authors call "dedicated suffering," a process of imagining oneself taking the loved one's suffering, combining it with one's own anguish and offering it Jesus, asking Jesus to turn this suffering into his own love to be offered to the loved one or to someone else. In this way, caregiving that might appear as self-denial and a burden ends up feeling like a gift.
The format of the book is reader-friendly with larger than usual font. Each chapter opens with a passage of scripture related to the topic discussed and closes with thought-provoking discussion questions. Throughout the authors provide information about types of dementia and make helpful suggestions for spiritual care for both persons with dementia and their caregivers, all based on their personal and professional experiences.
This book, received as a review copy from Upper Room Books, is highly recommended for caregivers of persons suffering from dementia.
Lillian Martin3 Stars Out Of 5October 1, 2009Lillian MartinVery good information..Any encouragement we can give those who are caring for these people is helpful. I especially liked that they talk about the spiritual side of care for them. I think they get caught up in the physical because it is so much. Very good.