106_Loving Choices, Peaceful Passing with Kathleen Vallee Stein

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


The Five Wishes, Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care, Comfort Care,

Find Kathleen here: YouTube, Facebook

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Using Essential Oils for Neuropathic Pain, with Kami Schaal RN_105

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:

  • neuropathic pain
  • 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

Hear more from Kami on her new podcast:
The Imperfect Adventure

And find her here:

Her website: Family Wellness Warriors or on Facebook

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When Caregiving Calls with Dr. Aaron Blight_104

Dr. Aaron Blight has had a lifetime of caregiving experience. Both personal and professional. He took what he learned as a family caregiver and started a career in professional caregiving. His latest endeavor has taken him from the owner of a homecare business, to being the founder of Caregiving Kinetics, and author of When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative.

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
  • What dying teaches you about living
  • Why you should read his book

Find Aaron on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter

Home Instead Senior Care Services, Visiting Angels

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Caregiver, Cancer Survivor and Wellness Advocate Terry Lyn Fountain_103

Terry Lyn and Dave Fountain

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:

  • Why it’s important to put yourself first
  • Palliative care and/or integrative medicine
  • How she developed a partnership with her medical doctors to incorporate the use of essential oils
  • What health benefits she and her husband have experienced since starting to use dōTERRA essential oils
  • How many prescription medications she has been taken off of since she began using essential oils
  • One great piece of advice she has when it comes to visits with your doctors

Get in touch with Terry here: tlfnotary4@gmail.com

Links to Resources:


MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Erythra Thalassa, Brain Disrupted with Annette Berkovits_102

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:

The Time I Spend With You

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