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Counting On Kindness
Seattle mental health counselor Lustbader here compells attention to and sympathy for those who must rely on caregivers for their needs. Stories are related by patients themselves. From incapacitated men and women we learn of the humiliations caused by the loss of autonomy, of the frustrations at not being able to manage on one's own. Accounts from widely different sorts o ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 27th 1993 by Free Press
(first published 1991)
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I was a caregiving wife to my husband with Lou Gehrig's disease for 20+ years. This was the best book for helping us have hard conversations about the realities of dealing with such a devastating illness. It helped us find ourselves and our marriage relationship again through the haze of the patient-caregiver roles. This is a great book to help the caregiver better understand the struggles of the patient and the patient better understand the struggles of the caregiver. Insightful.
Dec 18, 2017 Bethany rated it really liked it
Full of gems and stories and practical, invaluable information about visiting and caring for those who are ill and struggling with aging or dependency. We all want to be independent, but does our worth change as we age or face struggles in life? Not at all! Wendy Lustbader carefully lays out some of the concerns faced in today's increasingly independent and aloof society, so that those who wish to see others through eyes of compassion may be better equipped with the tools and perspective to trul ...more
Looking at the end of ones life is not necessarily fun. Death, frailty, illness and general dependence are not topics that I am drawn to. On the contrary, I'm just the person for whom this book is written. The author uses quotes from people on the end of their life cycle to help younger (healthier) readers to understand and thereby become better prepared to make the most of even those last "new" experiences. I learned that only by walking with people who are suffering, can we prepare and make th ...more
If you have ever had a limiting life situation where someone had to help you, you will value this book. If you have ever had to care for someone else, this book will comfort you. If you are caring for someone else right now and you don't have time to read, ask a friend to read this book and tell you about it. Wendy uses vignettes from people she's served, philosophy she's read and an innate sense of how we can all be better at caring without overwhelming or being overwhelmed. This book will give ...more