10 Inspirational Caregiver Quotes To Brighten Your Day

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 inspirational 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

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“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.”

– Anonymous

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:

female caregiver smiling talking on the phone

“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.”
Peter B.
“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.”
Amy A.
“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.”
Molly S.
“Take comfort in knowing you don’t need to fill up the silence to have a visit be meaningful.”
Margaret S. 

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.

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Beth Hoffmann Apr 30, 2020 8:47am
When I am up against something I don’t like and can’t fix, I raise my hands heavenward and proclaim, “Whatever, Lord!” Then I take the advice shared by Elisabeth Elliot, “Do the next thing,” and attend to something in which I can make a positive difference.
LINDA MCNAIR Nov 20, 2019 6:56am
There is no shame in asking for help.
Ruth Nov 07, 2019 9:59pm
They say the best caretakers are those that weren't cared for themselves.
Deloris L Houk Jul 07, 2019 10:22am
Blessed are the care givers for they shall be remembered in heaven.
Leslie Relle Dec 20, 2018 12:02pm
To smile your way through cloudy days is much the wisest thing to do. For if you make the best of things they cannot get the best of you.
Cindy Nov 25, 2018 6:02pm
Yes it can be challenging as a took care of my husband 7 years lung cancer then my Daddy Mom passed in 1993 drank her self to death massive heart attack then watched Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill pass away they were the glue that held everything togeather miss them so much bur my Daddy was my best friend. Expecially at holidays his favorite time of the year .
Jack Waller Nov 10, 2018 3:33pm
My husbands philosophy is, he has his good days and his bad days, and the bad days take care of themselves. He is unstoppable,. We could be very sedentary, yet our lives revolve around volunteering. For those who ask why we volunteer, I have two answers. The first is we don't know any better, and the one which causes people to think. You can't take and not give.
Lynette Hall Nov 02, 2018 8:53am
As I began my unfamiliar day, I 'm like how do I even start my lengthy to-do-list? Oftentimes, everyday living is very challenging; how to rid yrself and try to help others rid themselves of stressors is seemingly suprisingly difficile. My one friend says, "take time out of yr health journey and take a breathor, deep breathes to release some of that tension." Most importantly, keep continously to be in a prayerful spritual mindset!
Cathey McClelland Aug 22, 2018 9:19pm
People say "I should be grateful because if I look around, there's always someone else who has it worse than me." I find no comfort in comparing the degree of suffering of others to my own. I may be more empathic and sympathetic for them, but it doesn't change my situation. You have to allow yourself to grieve for the the life you thought you were going have. Then move on to building the new life you now have.
Lavanya Kumar Jul 27, 2018 4:45am
Learn to live happily both in Pleasure and Pain. Nothing is permanent in this world, Make every moment of your life so memorable and leave a mark for your existence.
Jen O’Leary Mar 09, 2018 6:57pm
“ Life is not measured by the number of breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breathe away.” Don’t hesitate to share random acts of kindness. Treasure each day...keep your sense of humor...fall in love all over again........don’t forget to take care of, laugh, love
Linda Mc Feb 07, 2018 2:21am
Being ill does not define who you are. Faith, love, and hope are what leads to defining moments. Prayer can move mountains. We have had some of our hardest mountains to climb moved to see a land beyond illness. It is a land of hope where faith and love help cultivate this land and produce peace.
Patti Jan 27, 2018 7:59am
Thank you all for sharing your stories which are all our stories and heartbreak . I/we have lost two family members to glioblastoma multiform. My heart aches to know what those of you in the middle of such caretaking are going through as well as those who are desperately trying to fight for their lives . Surround yourself with love, fight the good fight and wherever/whoever you receive your spiritual strength from PRAY, PRAY, PRAY for strength and understanding .You are not alone ????
Judy Lawrence Nov 30, 2017 3:39pm
I am not David’s caregiver but he is my very best friend. David and I have known each other since kindergarten. David moved away for many years. One day I was at the grape stomp in Murphys and who was there but David. Since then we have become very best friends. I would visit him at least two to three times a week. We had so much fun just talking and reminiscing. I went for in his sidecar and he even joined me for a pedicure. Please David don’t fight it just relax and be comfortable. I love you very much. Love. Your very best friend Judy Lawrence ????
Nancy A. Moores, 22 year caretaker of my husband Nov 23, 2017 4:56pm
Take joy in the little things like a smile, a coherent moment, a minute to sit down and breathe. Take pride in knowing you're efforts are making a difference even if they can't tell you so.
Janet Hardigan Nov 22, 2017 10:17pm
Just hug
Bob Nov 22, 2017 9:37am
I’m the person on whom my wife’s caregiving is now focused. My oxygen-dependent Pulmonary Fibrosis came suddenly after a year of pneumonia, the appearance of mantle cell lymphoma, minor embolic stroke, chemo, and stem cell therapy. While it’s incurable and progressive, my support network has included the love and prayers of family and friends, using Caring Bridge (which is great!), and faith. I copied this from EWTN recently for Caregivers in all our lives, from my own faith and I know God listens to ALL our prayers. God Bless! : O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we adore You! You have first loved us and through Your Son You have taught us the excellence of self-giving love. Give to those who are caregivers of a sick parent or child, brother or sister, the assistance of Your holy angels. Lessen their burdens and give them great joy in practicing a work of mercy. And since charity is never forgotten by You, reveal to them their heavenly reward. Amen.
Dana Schoonover Nov 21, 2017 10:52am
I don't have to like the situation I am in. I do have to like myself in the situation.
Stephanie Lamb Nov 20, 2017 8:14pm
Just breathe! Terminal cancer, stage 4, diagnosed 4/1/16. My husband is my caregiver, my best friend and Love! Married 36 years on 12/28/17! Just want him to be okay when I am no longer there to fix his collar!
THERESA DAVIS Nov 18, 2017 6:08am
God Bless You I have been a care giver for the better part of my life, but at the end of my shift I could go home. It is so very different when now I have been my husband's care giver. It makes one so tired, it never stops. He is now in the hospital and I am not sure what to do with myself. I wonder around the house knowing there is so much to do and I can't seem to even find the energy to know where to start. When I am in this state I do nothing. I have found that when I am at my weakest and have no choice, that seems to be when I am at my strongest. I don't know if that makes much since to you. I will pray for you and your family. God bless you sweetheart.
Scott Irwin Nov 15, 2017 9:22am
Having dealt with tragedy in our own lives and having helped others who have experienced similiar difficulties, one of the best things you can do is say how sorry you are they are going through something so painful, and then ask them how they are doing, and be a good listener.
Eloise VanderBilt, Cori's mother Nov 14, 2017 8:10pm
I am Cori Fordice's mother. Some of us, when we are not feeling well, go to bed and think about good things that have happened in the past. I have a story for Cori. I am 87 and have lived in three countries, so I have a wonderful storehouse of memories of friends I have met and languages I have learned. I remember when we first went to Japan with three children: Lori, Cori and Monty. Cori had blond wispy hair and none of our new friends in Japan had seen that kind of hair and wanted to touch it. Three-year-old Cori didn't understand that amount of attention at that time in her life and it annoyed her. We tried to explain to her that they loved her hair. It was like gold, and they had never seen golden hair before so they wanted to touch it. Eventually she learned to "grin and bear it".