Shalom. Alden Solovy, the premier poet and creative liturgist in our community has published a prayer on behalf of family caregivers. We have posted examples of other Caregiver prayers and are delighted that Alden gave us permission to post his. Alden has also done several Seekers of Meaning podcasts for Jewish Sacred Aging® and you can listen to them by searching his name on jewishsacredaging.com. Thank you again Alden for the permission to share this powerful and meaningful prayer for Family Caregivers.
G-d of health and healing
Bless our family and friends
Who have taken on the sacred task of giving care and comfort
To their loved ones,
Committing their time, energy and physicial labor
To the well being of dear ones
At a time of immeasurable need.
Grant them wisdom and skill,
Compassion and dedication,
Energy and endurance,
As time passes and tasks increase.
Remind them to care for themselves,
And to nourish their bodies and souls,
So easily forgotten in this time of need.
Source of shelter,
Rock of life,
Bless all who dedicate themselves
To the care of others,
And bring lasting health and healing
To all in need.
(c) 2021 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com…reprinted here with permission of Alden Solovy
Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, is the Founder and Director of www.jewishsacredaging.com. Rabbi Address served for over three decades on staff of the Union for Reform Judaism; first as a Regional Director and then, beginning in 1997, as Founder and Director of the URJ’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns and served as a specialist and consultant for the North American Reform Movement in the areas of family related programming. Rabbi Address was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1972 and began his rabbinic career in Los Angeles congregations. He also served as a part time rabbi for Beth Hillel in Carmel, NJ while regional director and, after his URJ tenure, served as senior rabbi of Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ from 2011-2014.