Caregiving Resources

A Spirituality of Caregiving by Henri J.M. Nouwen & John S. Mogabgab. $9.99. Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2011. Anthology of inspirational and practical reflections by a well-known theologian on his own experiences with caring for others.



CaresharingCaresharing: A Reciprocal Approach to Caregiving and Care Receiving in the Complexities of Aging, Illness or Disability, by Marty Richards. $16.99, Woodstock VT: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2010. Exploration of reciprocity through care partnering, amidst grief, hope, family forgiveness and other spiritual dimensions of caring.


Caring for the Caregiver by Lutheran Deaconess Association. $45.00-$25.00 (multiple copies).  Valparaiso IN: Luther Deaconess Association. Workbook for surveying the congregation and community.  Includes devotions, study materials, and resources.  Available by calling 219-464-6925.

The Lutheran Deaconess Association, (LDA) also offers a 90-minute mini retreat for caregivers via Skype, offering support, to reflect on their ministry, to be strengthened for service, and to pray for God’s love and guidance. These retreats are open for ANY caregiver, and are held the first Thursday of every month. Look for Have a Heart for Caregivers at

Caring for Ourselves While Caring for Our Elders by Marie C. Tirabassi, Marie I Tirabassi & Leanne McCall Tigert. ($16.00). Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2007.  Family stories of caregiving with older loved ones. Offers questions for reflection. Available from

Compassionate Caregiving by Lois Knutson. e-book: $6.15. Bloomington, MN: Bethany Press, 2007. Practical suggestions and spiritual encouragement to those engaged in the sacred calling of caregiving. Available from

Healing Songs: Devotions for Caregivers by Lutheran Deaconess Association. $12.00. Valparaiso IN: Luther Deaconess Association.  Songs, devotions, Scripture and reflections for those giving care. Available by calling 219-464-6925.

If God is My Strength, Why Am I Still Tired? by Maggie Hilmer. (booklet $1.49, discounts for multiple orders). Fenton MO: Creative Communications for the Parish, 2008.  Collection of devotions for caregivers. Written by a health care professional who cares for her husband who has Parkinson’s Disease.

It Takes More Than Love: A Practical Guide To Caring for and Aging Adult by Anita G. Beckerman & Ruth M. Tappen. ($13.53).  Baltimore: Health Profession Press, 2000. Practical advice for caregivers in carrying out daily tasks to provide health maintenance and safety.  Illustrated by family stories.

Lay Pastoral Care Giving by Tim Farabaugh. Nasville: Upper Room Books, 2009. ($18.00) A comprehensive course training lay persons to reach out with God’s love to those across the life cycle who struggle with suffering, illness etc.

More than a Parting Prayer: Lessons in Caregiving for the Dying by William H. Griffith. ($12.00) Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2005. Discussion of such issues of grief, fears, and forgiveness as persons journey with people across the life cycle who are dying, and offers ways to deal with them.

No Act of Love is Every Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia by Jane Marie Thibault & Richard L. Morgan. ($16.00). Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2009. Exploration of spiritual concerns for those with dementia and those who care for and about them. Offers practical suggestions for support.

Not Alone: Encouragement for Caregivers by Nell Noonan. ($20.00). Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2009.  Devotional support to help persons committed to being with and ill or impaired loved one or friend and stresses carers are not alone. Written by a caregiver.

The Family Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease, series of CD’s narrated by Liza Gibbons. ($99.95 – can be purchased individually for $24.95). Nashville: Lake View Resources, 2004. CD series includes modules on understanding Alzheimers, behavioral concerns, daily life, caregiving, and making transitions.  Has a Spanish track on each disc.