Return to Joy: A Familys Initiation into the Mysteries of Dementia

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Part family memoir and part; this book reveals how the mysteries, challenges, grief and humor of dementia transformed the lives of two sisters and their family as they consciously chose to step into their demented mother s reality, as opposed to forcing her to live in a world in which she no longer belonged. In this honest examination of the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship, Charlotte and Virginia Parker honor the wisdom of ancient mysteries, mythologies, and expressions of the soul at work in their lives while caring for their mother. They come to the realization that life itself is ultimately a mystery in which we all find ourselves alternately participating and witnessing while bringing out the best and worst of us with its joys and its sorrows, its ugliness and its beauty but ultimately always returning to joy. If you have a mother, you need to read this book.

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Charlotte and Virginia Parker were both born and raised in Houston, Texas. Charlotte received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a teaching certificate to teach Art in secondary school in 1967. She received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from UT Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. She splits her time between her home in Dallas, Texas, which she shares with her husband, Ron Schenk, Ph.D., Jungian analyst, and her ranch in Palo Pinto County. Virginia Parker graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1970 from the University of Tulsa. She went on to earn a Masters degree in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Colorado, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Virginia is a Metropolitan State College of Denver Professor Emeritus. Virginia lives on a ranch near Red Lodge, Montana.

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