Gero-Punk Reconciliation: The Invisible Cost (and Gift) of Caregiving

The Invisible Cost (and Gift) of Caregiving

The Gero-Punk Project

Part one of a two-part essay

From guest Gero-Punk

G. Wilder

 Glenna W 2

Today I cleaned up messes – piles of papers covered in dust. These were not piles of papers that were on my top ten list of highest priorities. They were piles that have waited for me for years, some since March 2003. That was the date, remembered as clearly as being hit full force in the face with an icy blast of winter wind, that I listened to my Mom’s voice on the other end of the phone line: “I have cancer.” Life as I knew it stopped and would never go back to the way it was. I held the phone, closed my eyes, fought nausea, and tried to process what I had just heard. Her world and mine shifted as if from an earthquake that moves rock formations that have held safe and solid for eons…

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About Sue Rosenbloom, CT, MA

Thanatologist: Loss, Trauma, Crisis, Death, and Grief Educator - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007) Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimer's and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Former Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher
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