Elizabeth Shean, Caring.com contributing editor


Elizabeth Shean is Registered Nurse and professional writer who won the 2010 Online Journalism Award for "Best Commentary/Blogging." In "Dad Has Dementia," she chronicled her all-too-brief journey of caring for her dad as he rapidly declined and died.


Recently Published on Caring.com

Week 36: What Now? What Next? — Sep 17, 2010
Five weeks after Dad died, Mom moved to New Mexico to be near me. Through serendipity and the kindness of a stranger, we were able to find her a patio home just four blocks...
Week 35: Nothin's Gonna Change My World — Sep 10, 2010
I'm normally off on Mondays, and so, every weekend after Dad died, I drove north to Mom's house on Saturday "“ packed, packed, packed her belongings "“ and then returned ho...
Week 34: Is This Normal? — Sep 03, 2010
About a week after the funeral, I lit a Caring Candle here at the Caring.com website in tribute to Dad. It felt good to see that little flame and know it would burn for him...
Week 33: What Does Grief Look Like? — Aug 26, 2010
My car rolls down I-25, southbound, the freeway bending behind me like a long black ribbon in the rear-view mirror. I try to focus on the road, but having driven this route...
Week 32: Goodbye and Farewell — Aug 20, 2010
My brother arrived the day after Dad died. We went down to the mortuary together to view the body. Dad looked the same as the day he'd died. He and Mom had wanted us to us...
Week 31: Go Ahead and Grieve, but Make It Snappy — Aug 13, 2010
My sister and I sat with Dad's body for quite a while after he passed away. We smoothed his hair and kissed his forehead. It bothered me that his nose hairs were sticking o...
Week 30: Just Like That, It's Over — Aug 06, 2010
I thought Dad would live for years with dementia and that our caregiving journey was just beginning. But suddenly, just 10 months after being diagnosed, my dad lies comatos...
Week 29: Hospice Showdown — Jul 30, 2010
I'm so angry. Dying shouldn't be like this. It shouldn't be about battling with the healthcare provider in order to obtain adequate care for the patient. It shouldn't be a...
Week 28: Is This the Way Hospice Is Supposed to Work? — Jul 23, 2010
Many people think of hospice as a place. In fact, hospice is a mode of treatment that can be done anywhere. In the U.S., in accordance with Medicare guidelines, all initial...
Week 27: Suddenly, Dad Is Dying — Jul 16, 2010
It's going to be difficult to summarize this in 500 words or less, so bear with me. When I returned from my disastrous trip to the family home after Father's Day, I discov...