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Caring Together

Kevin Mayhew

Product Code: 1501318

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Caring Together is a group study guide perfect for anyone involved in caring for family, friends or neighbours.
Many people offer committed care – to a family member, friend, neighbour or fellow church member.
The caring can last a few months or go on for years.
It is frequently demanding and often rewarding.
Talking about it in a supportive environment can make the caring more effective and manageable.

This ten session course provides a framework for such conversations. Suggestions for discussion arise from what carers have written about the experience, from reflection on some things Jesus said and did, and from the ideas of thinkers and writers from different epochs. Sessions cover topics such as Looking after yourself, Listening, Getting support, Anger.

This book is best used in a group set up specifically to study it. But the material also provides a rich resource for individual reflection on how to care better.

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Product Code1501318
NameCaring Together
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorChris Morley
ISBN9781848674646
Barcode9781848674646
Short DescriptionCaring Together is a group study guide perfect for anyone involved in caring for family, friends or neighbours.
Pack Size1
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A very comprehensive and sensitively written course Review by Tania Brosnan
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This is an excellent 10 session study guide for those involved in caring for someone: a partner, friend, relative or member of your church community. The sessions deal with subjects such as looking after yourself, failure, anger, growing through pain and getting support. Each one includes suggestions for discussion and draws on the experience of carers, including Sheila Cassidy, Anthony de Mello and Stevie Smith, also on the teachings of Jesus. This is a very comprehensive and sensitively written course which would be an ideal resource for a group of pastoral carers who need training and support. But I think it is a comprehensive resource for individual reflection too. It also gives good instructions on how to lead a group of vulnerable carers through what can be an emotive and difficult subject. Chris writes "...people will, I hope, find their self-esteem boosted, their ability to enjoy life enhanced and therefore the quality of their caring deepened." (Posted on 12/11/2012)
I wish this had been around when I was submerged in the "parent care" chapter of life Review by Joanna Cox
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I have just been sent a review copy of this thoughtful new "group study guide" by Chris Morley (published by Kevin Mayhew). It is aimed at those caring for others (not exclusively those technically defined as 'carers') and its recognition of the commitment, tensions and frustrations involved feels realistic, relevant, respectful and supportive. Each session starts and ends with appropriate prayers; each has possible questions for reflection / discussion based on a helpful extract (e.g. from Sheila Cassidy / Frances Young), a Gospel passage, and another perspective (sources as varied as Brother Lawrence and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy).

Maybe my positive reaction is partly personal - I wish this had been around when I was submerged in the "parent care" chapter of life. But I also think it could be of interest to those on the training networks. It certainly offers resources that could be valuable for pastoral ministry training. And it also offers an example of printed resource and website working in tandem - so (for example) it offers additional links to follow, it is possible to listen to reflections on a biblical passage as an alternative to reading them, or to download (for a small cost) suggested musical resources. The website is www.caring-together.com - where you can also see a sample session and the topics looked at.

It is suggested that this can be "most fruitfully used by a group". A hospice chaplain tells me that this would work well - though my own experience of the unpredictability of crises when caring made me uncertain whether gathering for 10 group sessions would be easy. But I found this was a resource that could be valuable for individuals too - an encouragement for all of life to be a formative and learning experience. (Posted on 29/02/2012)

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Chris Morley

Chris Morley worked for nearly forty years as a Methodist Minister, mostly in London. He was involved in school and prison chaplaincy as well as local church ministry.From 2006-9, he was one of the contributors to Pause for Thought on Terry Wogan’s Radio Two Breakfast Show.

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