Caregiver Carols – a self-help book in song format
Caregiver Carols A Musical Emotional Memoir is a book with a unique twist. It focuses on dealing with the emotional aspects of caregiving. In this episode, my guest is Don Wendorf, who, like most of us, tackled caregiving, knowing he could continue his psychiatry practice, manage his care team, and do it all perfectly.
We know how that ends. One of Don's coping techniques is playing music. Don is not a huge fan of self-help books, so being a musician, he wrote his self-help book in a more lyrical fashion.
We're all aware of how songs help us remember things, so why not put caregiving tips into song format? He started by writing down thoughts as his caregiving got going, which led him to the emotions, behaviors, and all that he was feeling.
The book's idea is to help other caregivers with the emotional aspects that they are going through. Not surprisingly, while he was writing the book, he found the process cathartic. By sharing his writing with his wife, they grew closer and shared a deeper bond.
The other benefit of writing the book was seeing a pattern in his emotions and understanding the trial he was going through. Sharing these his journey with others helped them, and in turn, they could help him.
This episode is a delightful way to learn more about caregiving's emotional aspects and methods to cope with them. Stick around to the end, and you'll hear a special treat.
Don's Banjo Fund (book link)
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