We are excited about the imminent release of our book, Love’s Way: Living Peacefully with Your Family As Your Parents Age, and hope our readers find what we wrote valuable. Like other writers we are often asked to sum up what our book is about. Love’s Way covers so much ground it’s hard to sum up our theme in a few words.
For example, a sympathetic reporter from a local paper asked me: “What is the crux of your book?” Her question stopped me cold in my tracks. The crux of our book? I never thought of our book having a “crux,” but rather a continuum: Starting with the scourge of ageism, we highlight such topics as sibling relations, assumptions, forgiveness, legal concerns, care giving, and end with death and dying. A kind of arc of issues that frame how aging has and will continue to impact families.
But the crux? In as few words as possible I’d venture to write: “Our book addresses the impact that a parent’s aging can have on families, and how they can respond with love, understanding, and empathy.” We hope our book will bring families closer together as they accompany one another through life.