Because of Grace
Jane Daly, speaker and author from No. California. We have conducted an interview about her recently released book, Because of Grace.
When were you first drawn to literature and writing?
Like many people, I’ve always said that someday I’d write a book. My son’s death from cancer was the impetus to get me serious about writing.
What is the key theme in your recently released book "Because of Grace"? Who do you recommend to read it?
Losing a child is the worst thing a mother can face. No one can possibly understand this type of loss, except one who has also gone through the process of watching a child die. I offer hope to other mothers who are grieving. Whether you are facing the loss, or you know someone else who has lost a child, you’ll receive encouragement from someone who has been through the “Valley of the shadow of death,” and has come out the other side.
How can a parent coping with child loss in the midst of devastation and grief get himself or herself together? What is your advice to cope with the inner emotions?
One must give oneself permission to grieve. Often times we’re criticized because others think we’re taking too long to ‘get over it’. Many women find comfort in leaving their child’s room exactly the same. I encourage mothers to get involved with a grief support group.
Is caring for an elderly different from caring for young children? Why
When you care for a child, you expect the child to improve, to get better. More often, your aging loved one continues to decline and to regress.
What inspires you to write about your upcoming book: "The Caregiving Season, Finding Grace to Care for Your Elderly Parent"?
I’m part of the Baby Boomer generation. Our parents are living longer and want to remain in their own homes. Most require hands-on care before they pass away. The first place they turn is to their adult children, usually a daughter. I’ve been involved in helping care for my father in the years before he passed away at age 89. I’m now caring for my 92-year-old mother. She still lives in her own home, but can no longer get around due to declining vision and health. There are multitudes of sons and daughters in my position, trying to balance work, marriage, and caregiving. I tell what it is like from my own experience, offering help and hope.
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