True confessions Day seems to have started with Ruth and Tom Roy who claim to be the creators of “more than seventy copyrighted holidays.” You can read about them and their work at Welcat.com
Why does it come to mind at this time? Well, it started out as a reflection on the journey reflect in The Actual Dance. The story of the LovePartner as we call it who needs to be strong and stoic in the face of soul-earing fear and dread.
The Actual Dance could be viewed as a True Confession – my true confession. It took me more than a decade to understand that my own journey, my own fears, as the caregiver and LovePartner had a ‘secret’ of sorts. It was a secret even to me. Yes, we so often don’t understand ourselves the impact of traumatic events in our lives. Having to face the loss of a spouse can in fact be such a moment. I have come to understand my “True Confession” as a form of treatment for Post Traumatic Spiritual Disorder.
True Confessions are also a form of Storytelling. There is a strong and every growing recognition of the power of Storytelling to heal the patient, the provider and the caregiver/LoverPartner. Here is a great piece on the power of story telling across health care and healing disciplines and patient and care giving experiences.
At this time in history as well, storytelling can be very important. We all are experiencing a national emergency. Perhaps the first in a lifetime. Or last time I was young, this time – well this time I’m 75 and now in the highly vulnerable category. True Confessions can help right now --- so here:
True Confessions for the Coronavirus Emergency:
- I confess, I’m really scared.
- I confess, I don’t know what to do right now.
- I confess, my money is running out.
- I confess, I’m curled up in a ball and don’t know what to do.
- I confess, I want to do something to help, and not sure what to do.
- Here is the link to CDC Information. Note toward the end specific information for seniors and caregivers.
- Here is a link to information about the role of Caregiver and taking care, especially of the family caregiver.
- Here is a link to Senior on-line chat rooms. Just to avoid social isolation. Note some good cautions on how to use.
Confession of course has been said to be good for the soul. In our context, it is about being open and talking about our fears and concern. It I also about learning from those and perhaps telling important stories for others to hear so that we all know We Are Not Alone.