Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

An Uncertain Inheritance: Writers on Caring for Family

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

An Uncertain Inheritance: Writers on Caring for Family

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An Uncertain Inheritance: Writers on Caring for Family edited by Neil Casey; New York: HarperCollins, 2007; 282 pages, $24.95 (soft cover)

Anyone who is or has been a caregiver (professionally or personally), could become a caregiver, or could become a care receiver can benefit from reading An Uncertain Inheritance. This is a compilation of the experiences of 18 authors who offer insights into the complexities of caregiver and care receiver relationships. The stories cover a range of experiences, from giving physical care to parents with health issues; hiring and supervising caretakers and monitoring care for aging parents across great distances; competing with siblings in caring for ailing parents and caring for a sibling; placing a spouse in a nursing home; caring for young children; and coping with one's own ongoing chronic conditions, including the difficulty of learning to accept care for oneself. The variety of caregiving relationships and conditions in these stories should enable every reader to relate to at least one situation.

The authors describe a multitude of negative feelings: pain, anger, frustration, loneliness, heartbreak, and sacrifice. …

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