When a Loved One Has Dementia: A Comforting Companion for Family and Friends
Published by: The Experiment
Imprint: The Experiment
Sales Date: 2023-08-08
Published: August 2023
Imprint: The Experiment
Page Count: 224 Pages
Dimensions: 5.60 x 7.70
224 Pages, 5.60 x 7.70 x 1.00 in
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"An open-hearted and honest look at the reality of caring for someone with this life-changing diagnosis. Eveline generously shares her experiences, insights, and practical tools to cultivate compassion, acceptance, and love, even during the most painful experiences."-Dr. Nicole LePera, New York Times-bestselling author of How to Do the Work
A vital source of solace and compassion for those whose loved one has dementia, rooted in the author's unflinching experience of caring for her mother
Dementia enters life through the back door, slipping in unnoticed. Once it's there, it can make you feel powerless, angry, and unsure how to move forward. When her mother developed dementia, Eveline Helmink wasn't prepared. As she learned firsthand, when your loved one is suffering, it takes a toll on you, too.
As you navigate finding professional caregivers and adapting to your loved one's behavioral challenges, this book will help you confront all the complexities of the experience.
- Identify healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms.
- Work through feelings of denial, grief, guilt, shame, and fear.
- Summon the courage to make decisions in your loved one's best interest.
- Live in the present, find laughter, and show love in the face of dementia.
When a Loved One Has Dementia weaves together Eveline's unflinching personal account and her empathetic guidance, allowing you to walk through the endless tunnel and illuminating the path to acceptance, forgiveness, and love.
What I want to make clear to start
About dementia and fumbling around in the dark
Wanting to turn a blind eye
Who are you, faced with dementia?
Self-compassion matters too
How coping mechanisms work
The five stages of grief
The phenomenon of the "family soul"
The hard stuff
Asking for help
Dementia and meaningfulness
The value of stories
Learning to trust Cosmic awareness
An animated nature
Speaking about God
What would my mother make of it?
About the "self"
Intuition and the "self"
Accepting the situation
Living in the moment
Rays of hope
What really matters
"An open-hearted and honest look at the reality of caring for someone with this life-changing diagnosis. Eveline generously shares her experiences, insights, and practical tools to cultivate compassion, acceptance, and love, even during the most painful experiences."-Dr. Nicole LePera,New York Times-bestselling author of How to Do the Work
"In very hard times, we need specific books. This one is a huge comfort for those navigating this difficult journey."-Gina Moffa, LCSW, author of Moving On Doesn't Mean Letting Go
"Helmink urges caregivers to practice self-compassion, seek help with caretaking duties, and remember that their feelings and frustrations about the disease are valid. . . . she provides a moving meditation on treating loved ones facing dementia with dignity and love. This is a valuable resource."-Publishers Weekly