Today I attended the memorial service for a caregiver who worked with a younger adult client. This man, unfortunately for all who knew him, died less than four weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. It is a shock to everyone who knows him, and many of us are still looking for him to call or e-mail or show up for his job as caregiver. For as a caregiver and a human being, he was one of those rare persons – kind, giving, patient, funny, and easy going, and, as I learned at the memorial, a gifted prankster. But best of all as a caregiver, he had that “certain something.” He loved what he did as a caregiver, and he did it with enthusiasm, creativity and total commitment. He believed in giving himself thoroughly. The person he cared for knew she had someone special, a “one in a million.” He brought a quality to her life that she had not known, and reminded me that caregiving may be a job, but for the gifted caregiver, it is a calling.