About the Book
Winner of Today’s Caregiver Magazine 2017 Caregiver Friendly® Award.
“Think of this book as a casserole for caregivers, an awkward but sincere gift left on the doorstep that will make them feel more understood and validated.”
The humble casserole holds a special place in the world of empathy – when you don’t know exactly what to say to someone going through trying times, a casserole perfectly articulates your concern. It is in that spirit that Michael Fortuna wrote Caregiver Defined, a beautifully illustrated book that honors caregivers by defining them through a vocabulary of words that are associated with the care they provide, and the wide range of emotions connected to it.
Inspired by his own caregiving experience, but also aware that every caregiving encounter is unique and deeply personal, he devotes a single paragraph to each word, finding a meaningful way to relate it to the caregiver. The text is simple, thought-provoking and inspirational, and the illustrations by professional illustrator, Peg Lee, add a richness to the overall content.
You know whom the caregiver cares for, but who cares for the caregiver? Caregiver Defined will leave caregivers feeling honored for their work, and leave you with a sense of comfort, knowing you found a simple and sincere way to express your care.
Caregiver Defined is funny, quirky, sensitive and sensible. The poetic and rhythmic flow of the words display the true hallmarks of caregivers that remain unknown by most people who haven’t shared the experience. It dishes out much wisdom and encouragement in creative and concise forms that not only inspire, but heal the sensitive reader in many ways. This book isn’t just for caregivers, but for anyone who longs to know how to love and give of themselves to the people in their lives in a way that builds them and their people up; it reminds the reader of what is most significant in life: love in its purest form performed selflessly, and not for any conceited gain—toward God and people. This book doesn’t just encourage and uplift caregivers, it inclines the reader to consider serving others more devotedly.
Interestingly, it doesn’t persuade by admonitions, instructions, or step-by-step procedures, but by enthusiastic words of encouragement softly and lovingly parceled out from a place of understanding and respect.
Caregiver Defined aims to squash the guilt that caregivers tend to feel because they worry that they never do enough, aren’t patient enough, or aren’t compassionate enough. It also testifies of how the good that caregivers do change the world around them even when they don’t notice that it does—by planting a seed of love and kindness in the hearts of observers and onlookers, so that it is clear that days/hours spent taking care of another are truly not wasted and meaningless after all.
About the Author
Michael Fortuna is a professional writer whose own caregiving experience as a young boy was the inspiration for this book. In addition to a career in advertising, he is also the author of a published novel as well as writer of a daily syndicated newspaper piece. He lives with his wife, Kathleen, in a small seaside town along the Massachusetts coast.