Many caregivers credit their faith or spirituality for enabling them to
cope with the stress of caregiving. DC caregivers talk about the role faith or
spirituality plays in their lives.
- I don't go to church as often as I used to. It makes me sad because I was
very active in church. But it's a day's work trying to get my mother and
myself ready for church, so I got accustomed to not going.
- I use the time my mother is in church to clean the house and catch up on
- I don't go to church anymore. I pray here at home.
- My cousin calls to pray with me and my wife over the telephone. Other family
and friends also come by often to visit and pray with us.
- My wife and I were regulars at our church. Our faith is the source of our
strength today. I don't go as often as I used to, but I do go every Sunday.
I'm also active in a church group that meets at my house because the
members know I can't get out at night.
- I go to church every Sunday for at least one service. I miss going to Bible
study. My faith in God keeps me going every day.
Practical Tips: Here are some comments from DC caregivers on coping.
- Remember you are not alone.
- Look at caregiving as a ministry.
- Talk with a clergy person.
- If you or the elder can no longer go out to religious services, find a place of worship that will make home visitations.
- Trust in God.