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Hey everyone, I wanted to share something personal today. Recently, a daughter sent me this letter she had written for her mother. It helped her as the caregiver work through the stress of a much-needed move. She also expressed how journaling helped her though the process.

~””Mom-I made the difficult decision to move you into a senior community. While I know it was the right choice for your well-being and safety, it’s hard not to feel a tinge of guilt in my heart.

As your daughter, I have cherished every moment spent with you, from childhood memories to the present. But as time passed, I began to see the challenges you faced in maintaining your independence at home. It became clear that a senior community would provide you with the support, companionship, and care you need.

Yet, in the midst of this transition, I can’t help but question if I made the right choice. The guilt weighs heavy on my shoulders as I wonder if you feel abandoned or if you will be comfortable in new surroundings. It’s natural to second-guess ourselves in these moments of change.

But deep down, I know that this decision was made out of love and a desire to ensure your happiness and well-being. It’s a journey of mixed emotions, balancing the guilt of not being able to provide everything you need on my own with the relief of knowing you can be in a supportive community with professionals who genuinely care. You can meet new people, have professional caregivers help you and in all honesty I can sleep at night knowing you are safe.””~

I asked Kristin to share this because I know many of you may have gone through similar experiences or are currently facing similar decisions. It’s important to remember that we’re not alone in this journey. We are doing our best to navigate the complexities of aging and caregiving, and that is in of itself an act of love. Journaling my process has helped me immensely.  

To all the daughters and sons out there, please know that it’s okay to feel guilty or uncertain during these transitions. What truly matters is that we continue to love, support, and cherish our parents every step of the way. We’re in this together.

Mom, if you’re reading this, please know how much I love you and that this decision was made with your best interests at heart. I hope you find happiness, new friendships, and a sense of belonging in your new home. You will always have my love and support, no matter where life takes us.

To all the wonderful caregivers and families out there, let’s continue to support and uplift one another. Reach out to teach others. Involve Kristin at Guidance for Senior Care.  Share your stories, offer advice, and lean on each other during these challenging times. Guidance for Senior Cares website is an amazing place to start.  Together, we can navigate this journey with love, compassion, and understanding.

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