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Storms may come and go but Gods love and Word are forever-Christian encouragement via Kaye Swain REALTORAging in Place. That's our goal for as long as possible. But it can have many faces. When my grandparents' health started to deteriorate, my parents moved in with them to help. When my grandparents on the other side of the family had health issues, they opted for assisted living for years. Then they moved in with my parents for the last few months of my grandfather's life. In both cases, it was a blessing to see the great example my parents set. And a blessing to get to spend extra time with each set of grandparents in the twilight of their lives even though it was followed shortly by a bittersweet season of grief and loss

Fast forward two decades. When my dad's Parkinson's Disease progressed, my parents moved into my home. This was something I had anticipated and we had several aging in place options already installed. They moved in around June. A few months later, when I was out at a lovely Thanksgiving church musicale, my dad's simple cold turned into pnuemonia and I had to leave the service early to take him to the hospital.

Thanksgiving was less joyfilled the year my dad got so sick-via Kaye Swain

I still remember how scared and concerned I felt as I drove to the house to pick them both up. Once there we worked with the palliative care team who prescribed hospice for him. What a shock! Here we were, in the midst of a season of joy and merriment, being hit hard as we entered a slow and sad journey down the "valley of the shadow of death."

It was a difficult holiday season for our family. I look back on it now, remembering many of the sad happenings but grateful there were also lovely lovely family memories sprinkled throughout. It was truly one of the most difficult times of my life! We didn't put many decorations up, that's for sure! But we were blessed throughout with the help of our beloveds and we came out on the other side grateful for the comforting presence of God throughout. 

You may have to go easy on the decorations but Christmas can still be a sweet blessing even in the midst of sorrow grief and loss

During any of the holidays, you may be dealing with end of life issues, as we were. Or you may be in the throes of ongoing caregiving needs, as I am now. Or you may know of a friend or relative dealing with these issues – again, I am right there with you. Any and all of these are a challenge at any time, but especially so during the holiday seaons. 

Because of a loved one's situation, I went to one of my favorite resources for dealing with grief and sorrow – Griefshare.Org. I again signed up for their free one-year subscription of daily emails.  I was blessed with these when my dad passed away. I've shared this info with others who have dealt with loss. I had a friend who lost a beloved pet who was very comforted by them. I can't recommend them highly enough. And if you aren't sure a friend can or will sign up, you can sign up yourself and share individual ones with that friend – which can be as much a blessing to you as them. Such a great resource!

In addition to their onliine options, they provide grief care groups in various local churches all over the country. During the season of Thanksgiving through Christmas, they may have a special holiday seminar to provide support, encouragement, and practical stress-reducing ideas that will help you face and survive the holidays. If it is November – December, check their webiste for the holiday seminar link. I typed in my zip code and found five churches offering this seminar within 10 – 30 minutes of me. I checked zip codes for several of my loved ones. If you live in the country, it might be a further drive but the farthest I found was about an hour away. The course time varied with the location from 1- 2 hours for the seminar. 

They also have various articles dealing with holiday grief.  CLICK HERE to read them. And to sign up for the daily emails, CLICK HERE

If you or a loved one of any age – including elderly seniors – are dealing with the pain and suffering that come with grief and sorrow, I would definitely encourage you to check out GriefShare.org along with their free daily email newsletters and other excellent resources including season holiday options. My family and I have been blessed by their ministry and I am hoping you and yours will be as well. 

 

Gods light can still shine at Christmas even in the midst of grief and loss-pain and suffering

Beverly's Got so many cute pink things each Saturday including lovely homes and home decor - great for creative ideas when you are moving to a new home

 

 

 

Kaye Swain Keller Williams REALTOR who is moving to Roseville CaliforniaHello and HAPPY ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY 2014 – otherwise known as #UBP14. I'm Kaye Swain, caregiver, grandmother, and REALTOR® and this is my website to share real estate information, resources, and assistance for fellow boomers and seniors dealing with the various issues that come with this season of life. Things like:

  • aging in place
  • caring for elderly parents
  • power of attorney issues
  • reverse mortgages
  • universal design options
  • zero step entry
  • multigenerational home needs
  • mother-in-law quarters
  • granny cottages
  • grab bars
  • senior gardening projects
  • babysitting grandkids
  • and plenty more….

As you might imagine, my primary specialty as a REALTOR® is boomers and seniors – helping them with their own real estate needs or as they help their elderly parents. With plenty of years of personal and practical experience, excellent connections I've made over the past five + years of blogging about the topic, and a grand resources associated with my Keller Williams Realty office, I can help real estate clients locally and long distance – helping you find a local agent who is also extremely experienced in this field. 

Some of the articles that you might enjoy include:

My first blog, SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation, focuses on Christian encouragement, fun games and easy crafts for kids and grandkids, and medical tips and practical deas to help the elderly parents and relatives we love and care for.

Together, they provide you with a wealth of information and resources for those moments, many times unexpected, when your life turns upside down due to a beloved senior heading for the hospital, or that phone call from an elderly parent where they explain it's time to downsize and they need help. 

It's a serious subject, but I strive to keep both sites on the upbeat and postive side, as we navigate together through this challenging but rewarding season of life. So you'll find plenty of fun and funny goodies, blog party delights, and more.

And speaking of blog parties, this is the BIG ONE for the year, isn't it? Would you believe it, I've been in FIVE of them with SandwichINK and I think this is the second time for SandwichINK Real Estate Info. They're always fun and a great way to meet other bloggers with similar interests. I try to spotlight fellow grandparents, boomers, and seniors who join in the fun so be sure to leave a comment no matter what BUT maybe capitalize it if that includes you. 

And since a party should always include some fun treats, here are some cute spring, Easter and Mother's Day tags that make for easy crafts for all ages – from our kids and grandkids to ourselves and all the way up to our beloved seniors + two coloring page tags. Enjoy! 

A fun gift from REALTOR Kaye Swain who is moving to Roseville CA

 

A lovely butterfly bookmark the Ultimate BLog Party 2014 from Real Estate Broker-agent Kaye Swain

Happy Ultimate Blog Party 2014 from Kaye Swain SandwichINK REal Estate Info Writer and REALTOR craft tag

Mothers Day tag with cute bluebird - fun for the Ultimate Blog Party 2014 from Kaye Swain baby boomer and REALTOR and caregiver

God loves you - coloring page tag for the Sandwich Generation to share 250

A lovely Mothers Day greetings bookmark for our grandkids in our Sandwich Generation family to color from SandwichINK

Thank you again for visiting SandwichINK Real Estate Info. Before you leave, be sure to pop over to see my other sites – SandwichINK, KayeSwain.com, and Old Historic Houses. You'll find more free goodies at each. And to find me on social media and beyond, just click here. Then, it's back to 5 Minutes for Mom and the Ultimate Blog Party 2014…

 

SandwichINK and SandwichINK Real Estate Info are joining in the fun at the Ultimate Blog Party 2014 at 5 Minutes for Mom which is also open to grandparents boomers and seniors

 

 

Beverly's Got so many cute pink things each Saturday including lovely homes and home decor - great for creative ideas when you are moving to a new home

 

 

 

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