When caring for a loved one with dementia, it can be a painful experience to watch them slowly succumb to the disease. This September 30th, in Independence, Missouri, we had the honor of providing free education and resources concerning dementia, loss, and anticipatory grief for those who are caring for a loved one with dementia.
Two outstanding educational presentations highlighted the event. Volunteer Manager Karen Goodson, who has an intimate knowledge of the role of caregiving in dementia, as her husband suffers from the disease, shared what she has personally learned along her caregiving journey.
Karen’s story was followed by Vicki Mears, Community Education Liaison, who shared how caregivers can identify, understand, and cope with anticipatory grief and how caregiving has an impact on a caregiver’s whole person -- mind, body, and spirit.
Church volunteers, pastors, healthcare professionals, family caregivers, and other members of the community comprised the group of 53+ that were in attendance. Each member in attendance was also provided with free resources for grief support services, support groups, and end-of-life care options for their loved ones with dementia-related illnesses.
We sincerely thank our donors, without whom, none of this would have been possible. We are grateful for our donors’ continuous outflowing of support and dedication to the mission of hospice and palliative care. We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve the Independence community and to help those caring for loved ones suffering from dementia.