Caregiving Books

  Books for Transforming Caregiving

The Caregiver’s Compass

a handbook for emotional balance, by Holly Whiteside

“The Caregiver’s Compass” teaches how to shift your experience of caregiving by applying MindfulCaregiving tools to your emotions. Day by day the author coaches you down a gentle path to greater peace.

Grad students read “The Compass” and “Exploring Hell”



Exploring Hell and Other Warm Places

the memoir behind “The Caregiver’s Compass”
by Holly Whiteside

This inspiring memoir is the mother/daughter story behind “The Caregiver’s Compass”. Watch the life coach author step carefully through her decade of caregiving for her difficult mother, using life coaching principles to keep herself sane and form a connection with her mother.


The Caregiver’s Reader

articles that go beyond “The Caregiver’s Compass”

A good little book to keep around for browsing and absorbing, this collection of writings imparts the essence of the MindfulCaregiving approach for gaining emotional and life balance. Complete with 6+ pages of caregiver resources, as well as the profoundly useful “housecleaning” exercise, and coaching on how to get help, excerpted from “The Caregiver’s Compass”. The book covers a range of topics, including “Surviving Family Gatherings”, “Stuck in Limiting Beliefs”, “Learned Helplessness”, “Sibling Damage Control” and others. Written by the author of “The Caregiver’s Compass” handbook, and “Exploring Hell and Other Warm Places”, a mother/daughter caregiving memoir.

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Living with Change

Living as a River:Finding Fearlessness in the Face of Change,
by Bodhipaksa

Wise Mind, Open Mind: When Everything Changes, Change Everything,
by Neale Donald Walsch

When Life Changes or You Wish It Would,
by Carol Adrienne


Changing Your Thinking

Shortcuts to Inner Peace, by Ashley Davis Bush

The Art of Possibility, by Ben Zander

Change Your Thoughts- Change Your Life,
by Dr. Wayne Dyer

Loving What Is: How Four Questions Can Change Your Life
by Byron Katie


Communicating Well

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what Matters Most
by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen, Roger Fisher

Are You Really Listening?: Keys to Successful Communication
by Paul J., Ph.D. Donoghue, Mary E. Siegel


Building Healthy Boundaries

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
by Henry Cloud

When I Say No, I Feel Guilty, by Manuel J. Smith



Final Gifts: Understanding the Needs… of the Dying
by Maggie Callanan

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief,
by Martha W. Hickman