A Caregiver's Journey

Welcome to my Journey

These are my personal stories, lessons, and learnings that guided me through my father’s end-of-life journey.

Reminders Aren’t Grief

By Candice Smith | March 25, 2019

This morning I looked out my window into my backyard and I saw the daffodils were finally out. Naturally I thought of my Dad. In the spring before he died the three grandkids, my brother and I walked the backfield with…

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Give Me A Fish

By Candice Smith | March 18, 2019

 “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime” There are a lot of resources available for family caregivers.  I have shelves full of thoughtful…

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The Starting Line

By Candice Smith | March 11, 2019

The other day I was listening to a friend talk about her aging parents.  While neither parent is ill, they are in their 80’s.  And because neither is ill, there is no pressing need to doanything.  Except notdoing anything feels…

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The Difference Between Parenting & Caregiving – Guest Blog

By Candice Smith | February 25, 2019

The following is a “guest blog” – written with much love and passion by the amazing Rachel of Taking Care of Grandma.I am so grateful to have her wisdom shared here. When someone says they are “parenting” their parents, my heart…

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For People and For Pets

By Candice Smith | February 11, 2019

Recently my friend had to put her dog to sleep.  Cancer had taken over poor Rosie’s body and she was in pain; she was suffering and looked to the woman she loved most to help her.  And my friend did.…

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Shielding Children From Your Grief

By Candice Smith | February 4, 2019

When I sat down this morning to read the news my feed included an advice column from syndicated writer Carolyn Hax with the title “Should children be shielded from their parents’ grief?”.  A “Grieving Mommy” was seeking guidance on how…

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Nothing Prepares You

By Candice Smith | January 28, 2019

There are defining moments whose anniversaries give us, as a society or culture, pause to reflect, remember or for future generations to learn about from those who were there that day. Such things bring us closer together as a community.…

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I Was There When Moments

By Candice Smith | January 21, 2019

It seems like every other day there is some historic event that conjures memories. Like the defining date of my generation, 9/11.  Each year I remember precisely where I was when the world changed. It’s one of those moments that…

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Your “In-Loving Memory” Reminds Me of My Loss

By Candice Smith | January 14, 2019

It used to be that I took note of the name and notation about the life of whomever was commemorated in the plaque affixed to the bench where I sat or at the base of a tree that caught my…

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Understanding the Motivation Behind Decisions

By Candice Smith | January 7, 2019

When my Dad was sick one of his biggest fears was to lose the ability to make decisions for himself. It’s a fear that we all have and leads us to completing an Advance Directives, setting up our will, and…

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