Podcast Episode #55: Holding on to Hope: Understanding Real, Practical Hope from a Personal Perspective; Part 1

Hope is essential for resilience. What does it mean to have real-world hope? How can we create and sustain a hopeful attitude during hard times? Dr. Peter Bernstein shares from his personal experience of holding on to hope through a lifetime of challenges. When situations are out of our control, [...]

By | December 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #54: Singer Randy Mayfield: A Life of Extreme Caregiving

Singer, songwriter, pastor and missionary Randy Mayfield shares from his lifelong career of service to hurting people in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Kenya and around the world. What does it take to sustain a calling to bring practical help, empathy and hope to people and families in desperate situations? How can [...]

By | November 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #53: “Death: Before and After: A Survivor’s Guide” with Author Mimi Amaral

Caregiver, advocate, and author Mimi Amaral shares from her new Amazon bestseller, "Death: Before and After: A Survivor's Guide". Written from her personal caregiving experience following the death of her father, Mimi has created a concise and practical guide for anyone who has a family member or loved one nearing [...]

By | November 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #52: First Responders Need Self-Care to Prevent Becoming Casualties Themselves

First responders - EMTs, firefighters, and law enforcement - are exposed to stress and trauma as a regular part of their jobs. The impact of their work can lead to post-traumatic stress. Clinical approaches for their PTS, treating it as a disease or disorder, are not the answer. A full-spectrum approach [...]

By | November 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #51: First Responders: Caregivers Who Face Stigma for Their PTS

First responders - EMTs, firefighters, and law enforcement - are exposed to stress and trauma as a regular part of their jobs. Their commitment to serve involves caring for the sick, injured, dying and victims of crime and disaster. As caregivers in sometimes extreme adversity, the impact of their work [...]

By | November 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #50: Practical Steps to Recognize and Resolve Emotional Triggering

Emotional triggering brings up pain from the past which clouds our perspective.  Triggering prevents us from relating and responding appropriately in the present to the people we care for. Developing an awareness of when we've been triggered by sensing internal changes in our "felt state", slowing down and returning to [...]

By | October 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #49: A Caring, Empathic Person is Very Susceptible to Emotional Triggering

Compassionate, empathic people often feel called to a role that involves caring for others - such as caregivers, health professionals, or first responders. Such individuals, beyond their empathic nature, usually have personal histories that include suffering, trauma, and hardship. Caregivers' painful experiences give them even deeper sensitivities to the needs [...]

By | October 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #48: A Life’s Work in Hospice: Teresa Lyons, RN, Serves the Dying with Heart and Skill

Special guest Teresa Lyons, a registered nurse with Hospice of Petaluma, shares from her life and thirty years of experience caring for dying adults and children. We are a "death-denying culture", Teresa maintains, to our great loss. Facing our mortality, not running from end-of-life involvement with those we love, can [...]

By | October 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #47: Facing Adversity Calls Us to Face Our Humanity

Facing adversity - even for highly successful and accomplished caregivers and others - ultimately means having to face our limitations. Adversity, such as caring for a loved one, places caregivers in a situation where they do not have control and will reach the end of their abilities. To develop resilience, [...]

By | October 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #46: The Caregivers Challenge: To Skillfully Manage Difficult Emotions

The day-by-day world of caregiving is difficult, stressful, exhausting, depleting - and at the same time one of the greatest opportunities for a meaningful, fulfilling life of compassionate giving. How can empathic and sensitive caregivers prevent compassion fatigue and burnout? Effective self-care must include a deeper understanding of appropriate boundaries [...]

By | October 1st, 2019|0 Comments