caregiving

Be the Light

I love Yogi tea. The tea itself is one of my favorites. The additional bonus is finding the message on the tag. I was mulling my blog for today and was settling in on how we have the opportunity over and over again to see people’s faces light up through special or unexpected connection. That…

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How We Serve Clients: An Aspect of Caregiving

(For those who never experienced this…a phone switchboard) We are caregivers of our clients, whatever our business. More examples come to me all the time, tiny or big, of how we are caregivers or care receivers all along life’s continuum. The first couple of years of my college summers I sat up high in my…

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Questions That Grace the End of Each Day

There is a beautiful story, one of many, in My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. It is a story I have shared over the years with many audiences, most recently with professional caregivers as they sometimes struggle and feel frustration with how to be present with those…

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A Circle of Beautiful, Magical Caregiving

    “Do not touch the razor blade,” my mother told me. Of course I did not listen and instantly had a bleeding cut and the excruciating sharp pain she knew would be the case if I did not listen. I was perhaps 4 years old and we were in our bathroom. I have no…

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Virtual Caregiving Community #2

Even as I work with professional and family caregivers, as well as case managers and social workers around shifting the paradigms of caregiving in this country, I acknowledge that it is often an experience that presents us with overwhelming, energy draining, heartbreaking, extremely challenging moments, days, weeks, months and years. There can easily be a…

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Virtual Caregiving Community #1

As I was walking my 5.4-mile trail this morning, feeling the luxury of the weather, my health and so many other things in my life, I began to think about how caregiving happens virtually. It takes place in what might seem like the most unexpected places as we normally think about caregiving. And then there…

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“Clouds” by Zach Sobiech

During this week of Thanksgiving, I think of untold numbers of children and adults being cared for who ultimately return the gift of caregiving in their own ways…selflessly, with grace and joy, in a healing capacity, through presence of expressions without words, and in creating moments that will be forever remembered and treasured. One example…

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Children and Words

Having conversations with children about words is such fun, to say nothing of listening to them try to use words correctly but not quite getting the correct context or pronunciation. It was a daily delight during the thirty-five years I was in education to invite hundreds of children over time to play with words, whether…

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Laughter as Caregiving Tonic for the Soul

The person who can bring a spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.            Bennett Cerf The Emergency Room bays were filled and the wait was long. There was a lot of life happening in a side of the world that my sister and I did not witness very often. Our mother had…

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The Exquisite Web of Care Giving Conversations

I am having the most glorious conversations! They are part of my hope of seeing that caregiving is an integral part of our lives and our days. The small ways in which we show it and receive it will help prepare us for the caregiving challenges that enter on to the continuum of our lives.…

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