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. As part of our Caregivers Up Close series, 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:
“Be in the moment with them. They may not remember you are there, but YOU do.”
Submitted by Joyce Olson Christianson
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Submitted by Just Like Family Home Health Care Services
“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.”
Submitted by Colleen Koskiniemi Germundson
“They may forget what you said but they will not forget how you made them feel.”
Carl W Buechner
Submitted by Margaret Swanson
“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.”
Submitted by Amy Amundson
“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.”
Submitted by Peter Bailey
“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.”
Submitted by Molly Sturgis
“I had friends saying, ‘Oh, I really wanted to call to see how you were doing, but I didn’t want to bother you.’ I thought, ‘Call me. Tell me a funny story. My day was horrible, but if you make me laugh, it gives me a little break.'”
Submitted by Meritxell Mondejar Pont
“You have got to quit pretending it’s going to all change tomorrow morning, and learn how to be where you are, how you are, right now. I don’t deal with that as well as I ought to, but the best way I can think of to keep patience in the middle of everything is a sense of humor and some spiritual stuff. That’s what makes the biggest difference.”
Submitted by Bud Hart
“Take comfort in knowing you don’t need to fill up the silence to have a visit be meaningful.”
Submitted by Margaret Swanson
We hope these heartfelt quotes serve as a reminder that not only are you not alone, but you’re doing great. For more inspiring messages, check out our 19 Inspirational Quotes About Hope and Healing.
What are your favorite caregiver quotes? Please comment below.
We’d love to know what words help you out when you’re feeling low. Please share any comments that inspire you with the CaringBridge community.