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Retreat for family care givers planned for Nov. 21 in Waterloo

November 22, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

The Catholic Parishes in Waterloo and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare will co-host a retreat for family care-givers on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

The retreat will address some of the personal, emotional and spiritual issues which are common among family care-givers.

Dave Cushing, director of adult formation for the parishes, said family care-givers often feel overwhelmed, confused and unprepared for their role. As a result, over time, some begin to feel resentful, discouraged or angry.

Cushing said care-giving can also raise issues of a spiritual nature which are not addressed by social service agencies.

"Even people who pray regularly and are active in their churches may begin to question God's providence or their own ability to accept the responsibilities of care-giving," Cushing explained.

"It's not unusual for family care-givers to wonder, 'Why is God doing this to me?' or to think, "I don't deserve this,.'"

Although these feelings are common even among active believers, Cushing said many feel embarrassed or guilty and are reluctant to acknowledge them.

The retreat provides an opportunity for prayer, reflection and discussion about some of the spiritual, emotional and personal challenges of care-giving among people of faith.

"Our goal is to help family care-givers find strength, encouragement and support from their religious beliefs," Cushing said.

Any individual who provides care to family members, neighbors or friends is welcome to attend the retreat, even if they have attended before.

The retreat begins at 9:00am in the chapel wing at Covenant Medical Center on West Ninth Street and concludes with a complementary lunch at 12:00pm.

The retreat is free and open to care-givers or any age or faith. Pre-registration is required; the registration deadline is Nov. 18.

Information and registration is available at 319-233-0498 and online at



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