Category Death and Dying

Fighting for a Future Without Alzheimer’s

The last few weeks have been all about the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walks. I’ve been raising funds, briefly spoke at the walk in Naperville, Illinois last weekend, and am participating in the Fox Valley Walk this coming weekend. My fundraising efforts have been entirely online. Work and family responsibilities fill my days leaving me with no […]

A Caregiver’s Prayer

This prayer says it all. We caregivers of faith pray. We pray when we get up in the morning, all day long, and throughout the restless nights. We pray for our loved one and our much-needed strength, courage, and patience. We couldn’t get through the day without knowing God is with us, guiding us, and providing […]

Happy Birthday, Mom!

My mother, Patricia (Patsy) McCarthy Doyle, would be 90 years old today. Imagining her at this age is difficult for me. She died at the age of 70 in 1999. When I was young, I didn’t understand why people would mourn their loved ones decades after their deaths. I get it now. No matter how […]

Praying with Saints

“By baptism, all Christians are called to be saints. We are all to live our life in such a way that gives glory to God. Saints are people who are in heaven after living a life of charity and goodness. The Church recognizes some saints as such, but everyone’s life goal should be to strive […]

END ALZ

  The state of Illinois finally got something right. It issued a license plate to help promote awareness of the urgent need for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Illinois is the first and only state to have a specialty license plate supporting the Alzheimer’s Association and it’s now available to Illinois residents. The exposure of […]

Heaven Awaits

Eternity with the Lord. That is one of our basic Christian beliefs. In the Apostles’ Creed, we state that we will enjoy “life everlasting.” And we spend this everlasting life with God in a place we refer to as heaven. Jesus said that the gift of everlasting life in heaven with the Lord is promised […]

How Long Will This Depression Last?

We prayed. We bargained. We begged. God did not answer our prayer as we hoped and now we are falling into a dark pit. Depression is a common response to grief and often follows denial, anger, and bargaining. We feel powerless in our loss. Something or someone dear was taken from us and we could […]

Shedding Light on the Flickering Chandelier

The bulbs are flickering but still light the room. Outsiders rarely understand Alzheimer’s disease. If they don’t or haven’t cared for someone with Alzheimer’s 24/7 for at least a week, they presume the state of our loved one to be better or worse than it is. A few outsiders believe that a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease […]

God’s Instrument

Ancient cultures thought that illness was a divine punishment. The sick person or their ancestors failed God in some way and got what they deserved. Associating with someone who was diseased or who worked in an unethical job harmed other people’s health as well. They believed that if they went near someone who was sick or disabled, […]

Let’s Make a Deal

“Lord, if you help me find a job today, I promise I’ll never complain about going to work. I will go in every day with a smile on my face.” Not all losses are the same but losing a job is close to the top, because it is painful on several levels. The loss of […]