Embrace, Equip, Empower Family Caregivers

through the Ministry of Caregiving

When you’re helping your aging parents there can be so much confusion, so many unknowns, so much lingo – it’s hard to even know what to “google” for answers!

I get it!   Me and my husband supporting parents in their 80’s with symptoms of Dementia, Diabetes etc.  It’s a journey I know others are going through, too. That’s why I want to provide access to experts, share resources and build a community so that we all know the right questions to ask, what services and assistance are available and how to find them.

I also want you to not feel alone since being a caregiver can be challenging. It is clear to me that, in general, the medical community helps care for the body, the behavioural health community cares for the mind and emotions, and the pastoral or church community cares for the spirit of a person. For the most part, our minds, bodies, and spirits are treated in silos. And for this reason, most people just aren’t aware of how important it is to be cared for being or to care for themselves from a whole person perspective.  Therefore, I created The Caregivers counsel- a place (counsel) where you can find resources to equip you as a Family Caregiver to feed and heal body, mind, and spirit.

We are stronger together, so please join our private Facebook community so we can all get the support we need!

About me

Hi, I'm Mariaan Cronje, Family Caregiver

As a Family Caregiver, over the past 8 years, I’ve found myself navigating problems I never saw coming. I’ve been through COVID pneumonia, memory loss, surger­ies, selling houses, and making the tough move into a retirement facility. It never seems to get any easier. I have realized that so many adult children around me are going through the same trials, yet nobody really talks about it. We all struggle with the same care issues, with limited resources available.

I’m a ordained counsellor who specialise in the councel­ling and empowering of Family Caregivers. For a list of services and how I can assist you, please visit my website www.thecaregiverscounsel.com.

The Caregiver’s Counsel was born to provide information and resources, and more importantly, to be a Faith based “safe “community where members can ask questions and get counsel on family issues, meet other Family Caregiv­ers, get resources, join workshops, and follow courses on how to be an Empowered Family Caregiver, or just vent.

As I’ve learned more about being a Family Caregiver, I’ve discovered that there are a lot of services and providers to help in this stage of life, but as “carers” we don’t even know what we need, what’s available, what they’re called or how to find them. We want to be the bridge to help make the connection.

It’s easy to feel like you’re the only one going through the different stages of Family Caregiving. You’re not alone.

What my students say:

I would recommend Mariaan to anyone in a place of change, transition or someone wanting to grow and improve personally and professionally.
Barbara-Ann Sandiford
I can promise you that after changing my mindset and after I stopped with all this self-pity and negativeness, I am a completely different person and my life has changed completely. Thank you Mariaan and please everybody, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF !!!
Sanet du Toit
Mariaan helped me to sort out through issues in my life. Holding on to the good things and letting go of stuff that drag you down and is actually not important. She is a wonderful coach, also sensitive and helpful. ​
Colette du Toit​
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