Alzheimer’s is a particularly cruel disease. It robs us of the people we love—slowly, subtly, but unrelentingly. Our love for them is tested as their needs increase and their recall decreases, and our own needs suffer neglect as more and more of our time and attention is given to our loved one. Cynthia Fantasia is a caregiver. In this deeply understanding and empowering work she walks you through the landscape of caregiving—for your loved one and for yourself. She introduces you to friends and fellow travelers who offer their own words of empathy and insight. And she slowly, subtly, but unrelentingly empowers you to live well as you care for your loved one in the lingering light.
You are in for an insightful experience. Cynthia Fantasia describes what it is like to walk through so much pain and loss, yet—at the same time—find the lingering light of God’s presence.
by Gail MacDonald, from the foreword
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are expected to triple in the next thirty years. While prevention and recovery strategies can help those afflicted at various stages, who cares for the caregivers? This book will help any caregiver navigate their new normal so that everyone involved in the caregiving process feels equipped, nurtured, and up for the task. Highly recommended.
by Dr. Daniel G. Amen, founder of the Amen Clinics for brain health, author of Memory Rescue
I must admit that I was reluctant to read In the Lingering Light: Courage and Hope for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver. Why read a book I hope I never need? I am very thankful, though, that I overcame my hesitancy and met Cynthia Fantasia—and her husband, Bob—and accompanied her on her journey through this devastating disease. I was immediately drawn into her story and was challenged by her transparency and faith. While her insights and lessons are an indispensable resource for those who must walk this difficult path, her words encourage and equip the rest of us to support and care for those who are caregivers. Thank you, Cynthia, for your gift, not only to the Alzheimer’s world but also to the body of Christ.
by Cynthia Heald, author of Becoming a Woman of Excellence
There’s nothing easy about caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, but Cynthia Fantasia demonstrates that you can do more than just get by. God longs to sustain you with grace and faith. Readers will find hope and encouragement within these pages.
by Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family
In the Lingering Light is a helpful read for anyone called to walk a difficult path. Cynthia Fantasia’s tender and honest journey with God ministers grace and truth for life’s most challenging times.
by Jean Fleming, author of Pursue the Intentional Life
In the Lingering Light is one of those books everyone should have in their toolbox. At some point, we all will deal with Alzheimer’s or one of the many forms of dementia that afflict our human frames. Having a wonderful guide who has walked the journey is a precious gift. Cynthia Fantasia is just such a guide. She’s a naturally gifted communicator who speaks from personal experience and gently leads us through the process of saying goodbye to someone we love while they still live.
by Jan Silvious, author of Courage for the Unknown Season