Do you know what love really is?
What does it look like?
This sweet little book is full of inspiration for any of us who love, but especially for caregivers. It shines a light on the beauty that may otherwise be hidden in our relationships, sometimes along with the hard realities that must be faced.
It used to be that nine months or so after a traditional wedding, couples would announce they were pregnant. In Alan and Karenna’s case, nine months after they married and before their first honeymoon year was over, they were instead adjusting to the symptoms of Alan’s newly diagnosed dementia.
This is Karenna’s account of their passionate midlife romance and marriage cut short by early onset dementia. It’s the unique story of her grief process, which began only months after her wedding to Alan, a man to whom she felt bonded physically, emotionally, and above all, spiritually.
The story addresses the universality of love and loss and the need to go through the grief process, no matter how much we’d like to avoid it. It also touches on the larger philosophical question of how we are connected to one another and what creates a bond that feels like destiny, two souls meant to be together.
Karenna articulates a personal, unconditional love that breaches the chasm of pain and suffering. She offers a rare glimpse into the hidden nature deeply buried in illness, trauma, and our perceived fears of loss…the divine is waiting to be discovered.
— Dr. Mitch Peritz, D.C.
Books abound on the challenges of caregiving, but nothing comes close to The Grapes of Dementia in the moving account of one caregiver and her loved one. It is deeply spiritual and touches the heart, soul, and funny bone.
— Susan Wiser, Peer Counselor
This book is beautiful. I especially love the thread of spirituality woven throughout. The love and connection between Karenna and Alan is awe inspiring. It is everything that I have known relationships could be and have wanted without having experienced it firsthand. Karenna’s strength, resilience, and acceptance and allowing of overwhelmingly difficult emotions is incredible, and I feel honored to be allowed into her perspective of moving through those experiences with those qualities. I am so grateful to her for writing this and sharing it with the world.
—Myriah Bush, Alzheimer’s Services Coordinator, Humboldt Senior Resource Center
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