Kathleen Vallée Stein is a baby boomer. And so are her siblings. If you were raised in the 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s, your father often had the final say about everything. And many ruled with an iron hand. When her Dad was facing end of life, it was difficult to reverse rolls. And her Mom was not in a position to take the lead. So what do you do? Kathleen’s experiences led her to write a beautiful book, Loving Choices, Peaceful Passing: Why my Family Chose Hospice.
We talked about her experience as a family caregiver. Listen today as we discuss:
How to start an end of life conversation with your parent when your parent “ruled the roost”
Why you might need to start the conversation about hospice
Divide and conquer (if you have siblings) is a great strategy
Why it is so important to talk to your parents about finances
Reasons to consider a hospice chaplain
And why it is SO important to do these things before your parent is dying
Kami Schaal is a career RN. She spent over a decade working in an ICU, in a level 1 trauma center in Philadelphia. She’s seen it all. She transitioned to home care/hospice case management and says the transition wasn’t difficult. She came to the use of essential oils with her family. Her academic background helps her understand them and confidently share them with others.
Listen today to hear about:
How it is (and is not) treated
Why you might want to learn more about the use of essential oils
Who can benefit from their use
and a bonus discussion about vaccines and things you may (or may not) know about them
Why should you listen? Because there are over 53 MILLION Americans providing unpaid care for a family member. And 83% of those caregivers are experience MORE stress with the onset of Covid-19. And chances are very good that if you are not already a family caregiver, you’re going to be.
We had a great conversation today about:
Some of the struggles family caregivers face
Unanticipated rewards of being a family caregiver
Suggestions for managing guilt/resentment family caregivers can feel
Terry Lyn Fountain has a great outlook on life. As you listen to her speak you can tell she is an optimist. And she is also an realist. She is a 78 year old cancer survivor. She has a husband for whom she provides care. She is also an essential oil user and a new dōTERRA wellness advocate.
She shares her experiences today. On today’s episode, we talk about:
You never know when you might become a family caregiver. Annette Berkovits never thought she would be in that role. In fact, at this point in her life, as a woman in her 70’s, she thought someone might be needing to care for her. Her story is one of resilience and support for her family. And exemplifies the importance of Advance Care Planning conversations for adults, at any age. She has written several books in various genres. In her most recent book, Erythra Thalassa, Brain Disrupted she shares her journey, via poetry, through her son’s devastating hemorrhagic stroke.
Listen today and hear Annette talk about:
The importance of books, music, fresh air, and most importantly, human interaction
Why the title, Erythra Thalassa
How important hope can be
Why it’s important to put yourself in the shoes of the patient
The importance of enjoying the little things
And check out the song her son, Jeremy wrote for his wife and daughters: