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This Week's Carenote - 5/12/10

Hello,

I'm searching for literature/poetry/spiritual meditations to read to my terminally ill mom. Do you have any recommendations?

Thanks, J

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Date: 05/13/2010
Time: 12:15 PM

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I don't know what spiritual practices you and your mom are comfortable with. When my sister was dying, I read the Psalms to her. Some are joyous and celebratory and some are laments. You have to ask-- or guess-- which matches your mom's mind-set, but they are so grounding. Psalms 23, 121 and 139 in particular help banish that fear of what comes next-- plenty of peace of mind and comfort to be found there. Blessings, Joanne


Name: Melissa Buot-Favazza
Location: Gaines, MI
Date: 05/12/2010
Time: 02:04 PM

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Check the following websites: dailydevotions.com, beliefnet.com...They have several links to other websites that are inspirational. the website walkthetalk.com not only have great insiteful sayings, but some video or audio stuff that you can listen to. There are books by Maryann Williamson that offer spiritual guidance and also a book called A Course in Miracles. Good Luck and God Bless!


Name: Christine
Location: SC
Date: 05/12/2010
Time: 07:33 AM

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The Book of Psalms is lovely.


Name: DOYLE, DIANNE G.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Date: 05/12/2010
Time: 06:49 AM

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My father, who just recently died (March 3rd) particularly loved it when I would read to him from the Guidepost magazine. I went to my library to get old issues when I had read all of the ones I had currently in my home. they were uplifting stories and of a spiritual nature without touting one religion specifically. Hope that helps.


Name: Sharon Lindsay
Location: Lovington, IL
Date: 05/12/2010
Time: 05:57 AM

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My mom lived with me until she was 101 and spent much of her time very bored. As a former teacher, she valued brain power. I found that reading heavy material to her was overwhelming but short, age-appropriate trivia challenges were fun and gave her many ego-boosting "I know that" moments. As a result, I have had published seven trivia books designed to tap into the long term memories of the elderly. Use trivia that exercises memory skills instead of trying to stump the participant. Try it, it can add a little fun to a heavy situation.


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Date: 05/11/2010
Time: 10:50 AM

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Name: Caregiver in Ohio
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Date: 05/11/2010
Time: 10:50 AM

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Appropriate items to read would be any story from any of the Chicken Soup books which can
be found at your local library or church library.Other Daily Devotional readings...
Any poetry, including children's poems, Reader's Digest, Reminisce Magazine, Good Old Days,
any articles from women's magazines, Country Woman Magazine, Birds and Blooms, Reading a Chapter a day from any book about something  she was / still interested in . Books about cooking, needle work, crocheting, painting , Gardening etc... Doesn't  have to be strictly  meditations.... And if the person can still see, then show them the pictures....

I am a Hospice Volunteer and take a tote bag of a variety of books, magazines and music tapes with me when I visit my patients. I have music tapes of children singing, birds singing,  dulcimer music, folk music, Hymns. and other instrumental and Country, Classical music.. etc. I read parts of the newspaper to them, I read the comic section  and Dear Abby... When they sense that you are interested in what you are reading to them, and read with expression they will take interest too.
Hey I even made them laugh by reading the jokes from Reader's Digest... Old Classic Books such as Tom Sawyer, Black Beauty, Nancy Drew Mysteries...If this was a Man  I would read about Farming, tools, fishing and hunting , woodworking, carving, mountain climbing....

Anything  You Read -Because they know you Want to and Love spending this time with them... Readings could last as short as 5 to 10 min or when reading Chapters out of books could last 20 min to 30 min. They will begin to look forward to this special time...

Caregiver in Ohio


 







 

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