True care begins with self care. When we truly care for ourselves with regard to our physical and psychological well-being, our body is able to respond with more vitality and harmony. We are then able to share these qualities with others in our care, whether they are children, someone experiencing an illness, or a loved one at the end of life.
“True care is felt through the love that is expressed . . . True care is love in activity and comes into every interaction we have with a person who is dying.” These words are written in our article by a death and dying writing team, and you can read it on the Death and Dying page Personal Sharings.
And from Ingrid, a member of our team: “True care is doing what is needed and not imposing - you can’t bring your own emotional baggage when caring for someone.
True care is doing what is needed and not imposing on another. Hence, as a carer, it is not only important to know how to truly care for someone else but also how to truly care for yourself. We need to respect, regard and listen to our body, to be more loving and gentle with ourselves and more accepting and understanding, so that we can do the same for other people.”
We continue this month with our topic of True Care and would welcome more comments on how True Care is love in activity. This topic is one that should be very relevant and meaningful to us all as we age and either look after a loved one or need looking after ourself by another.
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