CaringBridge Staff | 07.30.20
It’s no secret – caregiving can be a tough job. On the days when you’re beyond stressed, you might feel completely alone.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. In the United States, 43.5 million caregivers are currently helping their loved ones. We asked wives, husbands, parents and dear friends doing double-duty as family caregivers to talk about the struggles—and gifts—of caregiving. Caregivers shared their words of wisdom that get them through even the darkest of days.
Remember: you are never alone. Here are 10 of our favorite encouraging caregiver quotes:
“Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters.”
Amy Leigh Mercree
“Regardless of what challenge you are facing right now, know that it has not come to stay. It has come to pass. During these times, do what you can with what you have, and ask for help if needed. Most importantly, never surrender. Put things in perspective. Take care of yourself. Find ways to replenish your energy, strengthen your faith, and fortify yourself from the inside out.”
– Les Brown
“There are only four kinds of people in the world: Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.”
– Rosalyn Carter
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
– Lao Tzu
“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
– Carl W. Buechner
“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.”
– Tia Walker
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.”
– Irish proverb
“My caregiver mantra is to remember: the only control you have is over the changes you choose to make.”
– Nancy L. Kriseman
“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”
– Tia Walker
“To love a person is to see all of their magic, and to remind them of it when they have forgotten.”
We hope these heartfelt quotes serve as a reminder that you are truly not alone. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed, check out our 25 tips to help caregivers practice self-care. It’s important that you include yourself in the conversation of care, as well.
Our Community’s Favorite Words of Comfort
For more ideas, we reached out to the CaringBridge community – many of whom have been a caregiver or have received care – so we knew they could understand. We asked them to share the most inspirational words they’ve heard or shared:
“Be in the moment with them. They may not remember you are there, but YOU do.”
Joyce O. C.
“What I would say to my Dad on a bad dementia day, ‘We do better when we work together.’ I needed his help to be able to help him.”
Colleen K. G.
“Like airplane passengers, let’s not forget to put on our own oxygen masks first … we are no good to our loved ones if we collapse under the strain.”
“You can stress about things out of your control, or you can turn them over to God. When you release things because there is nothing you can do, you turn them over to someone who has a bigger plan and a bigger control than you.”
“When you visit someone’s CaringBridge website, send Well Wishes. That’s huge. It cheers you on … you see that people are there with you, through the heartache.”
“Take comfort in knowing you don’t need to fill up the silence to have a visit be meaningful.”
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What Are Your Favorite Quotes?
We’d love to know what words help you out when you’re feeling in need of comfort. Please share in the comments any quotes that help inspire you.