The Not-So-Good Goodbye

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By Joe LaGuardia

Authors note: This is an excerpt from a forthcoming book by Daphne Reiley and Joe LaGuardia for people who are receiving care from others.  We hope the book will be published in the next year or two.  It is posted on our current book’s blog, A Tapestry of Love.

This past autumn I lost my father to gun violence.  A disgruntled citizen of the township of Ross, Pennsylvania, entered a public town hall meeting and indiscriminately fired off nearly 30 rounds in the crowd.

I remember the night vividly.  I received a call a little after 9 PM from my sister who was beside herself.  She didn’t know details but only knew that Dad had been involved in a shooting.

Over the next several weeks, I spent time with family in New York and Pennsylvania grieving the loss.  My father lived a wonderful life, and he didn’t have any regrets.  He was the life of the party and loved his Lord and his church; we grieved as Christians do: with hope and peace that all who call Christ Lord share in the promise of eternal life.

Yet, I am still bothered to this day that I never got to say “Goodbye” to my father.  As a pastor, I have sat with numerous individuals at their bedside and with families of loved ones whose hours on this earth were coming to a close.  I tell them that its important in those final minutes of life to say “Goodbye” and to confront any unresolved issues…Click here to read more.

Four years in the making: “A Tapestry of Love: The Spirituality of Caregiving”

Joe LaGuardia and Daphne Reiley have authored a new book to help caregivers along the way in their spiritual journey.

Tapestry bookA Tapestry of Love: The Spirituality of Caregivers is a resource for caregivers who often feel isolated and prone to exhaustion, loneliness, depression, anger, and resentment.

Using Jesus’ interaction with Mary and Martha as recorded in Scripture, A Tapestry of Love provides a framework for spiritual formation that nurtures the crucial work of caregivers, bolsters their relationship with care-receivers, and promotes intimacy with God. This narrative loom weaves a tapestry of practices that garners a strong and supportive, creative and vibrant, time-tested and relevant spiritual path for the caregiving journey.

Chapters cover such topics as prayer, grief work, caregiving as a vocation, worship and Sabbath.  Purchase your copy online through Amazon Createspace today!  A Kindle version will be released within the next week.

A website devoted to the book will be online soon!