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Care for the Caregiver
November 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Being a caregiver for a loved one can be a very rewarding personal experience. On the other hand, exhaustion, worry, inadequate resources and continuous care demands are enormously stressful. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too. This “time out” for the caregiver will offer a brief respite – a time of prayer, reflection, relaxation, and a little humor – for those who care for others.
Carol Conway is a recently retired Pastoral Associate from St. Germaine Parish, and a not-so-recently retired high school English teacher. She is co-leader of Chicago Mercy Associates and is the director of the orientation program for all new associates. Carol is a firm believer that laughter is a great stress-reliever, leading us to love our neighbors and ourselves a little better.
Marge Garbacz is the Director of Mission Integration and Pastoral Care at Franciscan Village Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lemont. She is certified both as a Director of Religious Education and as a Pastoral Associate in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Marge has over 40 years of experience as an educator and as a parish pastoral minister. She has given numerous presentations on liturgy and sacramental life throughout the Archdiocese.