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Scattered: My Year As An Accidental Caregiver
In November 2009 Jana Panarites was scrambling to make ends meet in LA. Her career spiraling out of control, she didn't think life could get any worse until she learned of her father's sudden death two days before Thanksgiving. She flew east for the funeral and was forced to confront her future head-on at the sight of her devastated eighty-year-old mother. After living her ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 24th 2015 by Agewyz Media Group
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Jana Panarites' memoir starts with a bang and doesn't let up. With the sudden loss of her father, we are thrust into a new country of grief right along with the author. As she returns home at the age of 50, suddenly a caregiver, she finds the emotional terrain has shifted dramatically. Her mother is no longer the responsible parent she once was, and it takes time for that reality to set in. Jana's grief over her father's death and her care of her mother become intertwined as she finds her own fo ...more
At the age of 50, the author returns from her precarious existence in L.A. where she is barely making ends meet with various part-time ventures and has maxed out her credits cards, to her childhood home in the D.C. area to live with her 80-year old mother after the death of her father. Her mother is grief stricken and barely able to get out of bed, and Panarites takes over the responsibility of caring for the house as well as her mother. Living with her mother would give her some time to focus o ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Athina Pantazatou rated it really liked it · review of another edition
A friend, not long ago, explained how losing your parents other than subjecting you to the excruciating emotional pain of missing loved ones, also causes an obscure distraught. It's quite perceptible when you lose one parent (even though you can't really pinpoint what it actually is), but it becomes more blatant when/if you lose both: it's the subconscious angst caused by losing your sense of belonging, your notion of "having roots" if you will, and the uneasiness of being alone in the world and ...more
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