Regardless if you do it for a living or out of obligation to a loved one, caregiving is no easy task. As a caregiver, your job is incredibly important to the people that depend on you. Caring for loved ones, such as a sick spouse or ageing parent, can be the most emotional type of caregiving situation with its own unique struggles.
No matter who you care for or why, here are 14 inspirational quotes for caregivers meant to lift your spirits and reveal how valuable you are in this world.
#1. We are all in this together
“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 need caregivers.” –Rosalynn Carter
#2. If you’re caring for an ageing parent or spouse
“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.” –Tia Walker, The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love
#3. Never forget your importance
“I love you but I got to love me more…. By loving you more, you love the person you are caring for more.” –Peggi Speers, The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love
“You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.” –unknown
#5. Your kindness means the world, even if it often goes unacknowledged
“Even though people experiencing dementia become unable to recount what has just happened, they still go through the experience—even without recall.
The psychological present lasts about three seconds. We experience the present even when we have dementia. The emotional pain caused by callous treatment or unkind talk occurs during that period.
The moods and actions of people with dementia are expressions of what they have experienced, whether they can still use language and recall, or not.” –Judy Cornish, The Dementia Handbook: How to Provide Dementia Care at Home
#6. When caregiving is unexpected
“I believe that most caregivers find that they inherit a situation where they just kind of move into caregiving. It’s not a conscious decision for most caregivers, and they are ultimately left with the responsibility of working while still trying to be the caregiver, the provider, and the nurturer.” — Sharon Law Tucker
“Caring is doing what has to be done and not expecting anything in return.” –thecaregiverspace.org
#8. Love is the best medicine
“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” –Tia Walker, The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love
“Of all the lessons I’ve learned through my years of caregiving, the most important is to keep the love connection going. Just tell them that you love them again and again and again. You will never say it too much, ever.” –Joan Lunden
#10. Compassion goes hand-in-hand with love
“Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.” –Rollo May, psychologist
“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.” –Mason Cooley
#12. When the going gets tough
“Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.” –Les Brown
“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” –Emory Austin
#14. And when it’s time to say goodbye…
“Three, 300, or 3,000 – these are the number of unknown days, a week, a year, or a decade, each far too precious little and yet, poignantly too much at the same time, to see an irrevocably declined loved one languish and suffer. That fear-ridden, irreversible release lingers in the doorway, but hesitates for reasons we don’t understand, leaving us to weep with a mixture of angst and gratitude all at the same time. It is finally ushered all the way in, to comfort and carry our loved one to that Better Place. When the time finally comes, we can be enveloped in a warm cloak of long-awaited acceptance and peace that eases our own pain. It quiets the grief which has moaned inside of us, at least some, every single one of those bittersweet days, weeks… or years.” –Connie Kerbs, Paths of Fear: An Anthology of Overcoming Through Courage, Inspiration, and the Miracle of Life
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