Faith in humanity and meaning of life.
Has anyone here had their ideas of the meaning of life and/or faith in humanity challenged since becoming a caregiver? From siblings who refuse to co-participate in the caring of an aging parent, to personal friends who no longer come around the caregiver, to brothers/sisters/aunts/uncles/etc who have voiced their love of elder for ages but then do not show their face for years upon years while the elder slowly deteriorates and dies?
It is very sad (and disturbing) to be told your whole life that family and friends are what matter at the end of life's journey only to discover that so many of these people abandon you at the end.
It's as if family/friends can only be family/friends when it's easy but then they bail on you when life gets real.
Fair weather family and friends it seems.
Random thoughts. Would appreciate any experience or insight. Do we just tell ourselves that family and friends are important because it makes us feel better but in the end you really can't count on anyone but yourself (and maybe a compassionate caregiver if you are lucky)?