Lessons from My Father: My Mother's End-of-Life Caregiver

  • Steve Wilson California State University, Long Beach

Abstract

In the following narrative, the author reflects on the end-of-life caregiving his father provided for his mother, who suffered from dementia. Throughout fourteen years of his father's patient and loving care for her as she slowly declined, the author learned important personal and professional lessons. He gained greater empathy and insight into the depth of his father's character, which influenced his professional perspective on end-of-life dementia caregiving. While grieving the gradual loss of one parent, he discovered a new interpretation of caregiving compassion from the other.

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