|Treats for a baby shower at work|
|Mom holding a baby duckling|
I know I’m not alone in this process, although most times it may feel that way. When I talk to friends and acquaintances, I’m surprised by the number of those going through the same issues. We don’t talk about it out loud much, but I know we’re out there. It’s like a secret society to which we have unintentionally been initiated. I’m beginning to think it’s time to start coming out from behind our sleep-deprived haze and identify ourselves. We have the same issues as new parents and then some. Society needs to stop turning away and begin to embrace what’s happening at the end of life as well as at the beginning. So many of us are caring for one or both parents, aging siblings or even aging friends and we generally are doing it with little or no acknowledgement or support. This is hard work. It's hard and it's sometimes unrewarding.