I like the notion that caregiving can be a spiritual experience that both strengthens the bonds of love and friendship with another person, while finding true meaning in life for the giver and those who choose to support the process. However, there are few traditions (like table manners) that guide us in helping or asking for it. The result is that we struggle to both find ways to help and get help when life confronts us with an event that just can't be dealt with alone.
So, I'd like to propose that with a little help from appropriate Internet technology we can create new traditions and methods for both asking for help and offering it. The experience of helping others is an opportunity to enrich our lives and those of all the people we reach out to. Websites like LifeEventNet.com
provide a safe, free gathering place where you can ask for the help you need and invite the people you trust to learn how they can help, even if they live far away.
Perhaps the most enlightening aspect of providing care is the realization that we're all in this together and we can all help one another.