In the Quiet Time

Sarah Stankorb
6 min readJul 18, 2022

A prescription for a solo break for the exhausted caregiver

Photo: Milos Kreckovic

For a couple weeks, I’ve been peppered with gentle friends offering hugs and asking what they can do to help. I am not sure what to say. My father passed away at the end of June following a fight — with him, most things were indeed a fight — with cancer and dementia. I’ve needed help, so much help, this past year. Now when offers are pouring in, I don’t know what to ask.

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Sarah Stankorb

Sarah Stankorb has published with The Washington Post, Marie Claire, Glamour, O, and The Atlantic (among others). @sarahstankorb www.sarahstankorb.com