I wish a happy Valentine's Day to each and every person who is caring for a loved one. You are the people who deserve hearts & flowers, kudos & chocolate (especially chocolate) on this special day which celebrates love. There is no more potent, honorable and real form of love than tenderly looking after another's needs, whether parent or child, spouse or friend, this is one of the highest callings to which any human being can aspire. If your loved one is not able to give you thanks for your caring, then you must treat yourself to an extra-special gift to ackowledge that you are doing what you do for LOVE! Have a massage, sit in the sun and read a book, go dancing, attend a concert -- do whatever thing will bring you joy and affirm how special you are, and how beautiful the gift of service you give to another. May blessings of love shower your Valentine's Day and every day of the year!
Karen is a compassionate, enthusiastic student of life, who cared for her mother for 17 years. She brings her insights, compassion, experience and desire to share knowledge and healing to this ongoing conversation with others on the caregiving path. If you are caring for a parent, spouse, friend or other loved one this site offers sanity-saving tips, open-hearted self-care ideas, and an open forum for discussion, connection and sharing resources for the journey.