Tag Archives: listening

The Upside of Funerals
23 Jan

The Upside of Funerals

By Donna RandallUncategorized

Not long before Christmas, one of the remaining two sisters-in-law of Annie left this world. This woman was 92 when she died, and had been experiencing an increasing number of health issues which were upon her. And so, while her immediate family, in particular, were sad about their loss, the funeral was a celebration of

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Lady In Waiting
09 Jan

Our Lady In Waiting

By Donna RandallUncategorized

Over all the years I’ve known Annie Oakley, and particularly during the two years or so that we have served as her caregivers, I have become amazed at the percentage of her time that she spends in waiting! Any of you involved with seniors will know that they like to be early for everything. I’ve

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One of those special times
19 Dec

One of those Special Times

By Donna RandallUncategorized

Not long ago, Annie Oakley attended the funeral of one of her sisters-in-law, who had reached the ripe old age of 91. With Annie’s family of origin having been a rather large one, the gathering was akin to a family reunion of major proportions. As often is the case, following this funeral service was a

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http://dfrent.org/time-for-memories-and-listening
29 Sep

Time for Memories and Listening

By Donna RandallUncategorized

More and more often, it seems, we will notice that our care recipient disappears into her suite for relatively long periods of time, such as two to three hours. This seems to us to make sense on a rainy or cool day, but we’ve noticed of late that it happens on beautiful days when it

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donna and her mom
24 May

A Labour of Love?

By Donna RandallUncategorized

As I talk with more and more people about taking on the responsibility of family caregiving, a specific theme runs through the conversations. This theme is that of feeling really good about helping their family member or members fulfill this dream. This aspect of making an important decision makes sense, especially in situations in which

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