5 Self-care Tips to be an Effective Caregiver

by Jenna Miosek, RN An American author and public speaker Jim Rohn once wrote, “One person caring for another represents life’s greatest value.” This value is instilled within many individuals who are responsible for caring for a loved one with a terminal diagnosis. For many, it may feel like a privilege and a reward to …

A Caregiver Checklist: 5 Things to Prepare When Caring for a Loved One at Home

As Rosalyn Carter noted, “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need a caregiver.” Understanding that caregiving is a universal experience means that we don’t have to view it as uncharted territory. We …

10 Tips for Families on How to Handle the Death of a Loved One

by Cathy Miller, LSW I was 30 years old and faced with the sudden reality that my parents may not live forever. My dad was diagnosed with mesothelioma at 55. After an 11-day hospital stay, he said, “I am never going back there again.” He opted to spend his time hunting and fishing rather than …

5 Conversation Starters to Talk about Death, Dying & End-of-Life Preferences

by Brenda Iverson I am a planner. Simple things, like planning out the week’s meals for our family, help me feel prepared for the hustle and bustle of the week ahead, especially with two teenagers in the house. We also make plans for many significant and life-changing events in our lives, including weddings, babies, vacations …

Caregivers: A Patchwork of Love

Caregivers: A Patchwork of Love

by Janna Benson Kontz, MDiv In many ways, I believe a brightly colored quilt symbolizes life with intricately interwoven shapes, colors and patterns. And, although life isn’t always as bright, easy and beautiful as a quilt, it’s not all dark either. We need both bright and dark shades to create the beautiful pattern, just as in our lives. It’s the...

Forgiveness at the End of Life

Forgiveness at the End of Life

by Lauryl Ivers, M.Div., B.C.C. If not for the grace and forgiveness I have experienced in my own life, I know I wouldn’t be able to do the work I do today. I am a Hospice of the Red River Valley chaplain, and it is my privilege to enter the homes and lives of people when they and their loved...

5 Activities to do with a sick loved one

Activities to Do With a Sick Loved One

by Megan Suby Caring for a loved one during an end-of-life journey can be filled with challenges and joys. There may be times when a caregiver struggles to find meaningful and engaging activities for their loved one to participate in or help with. As humans, we often search for moments in life when we feel valuable, independent and a sense...

Caregiving When the Caregiver Is Ill

by Sharon Dardis, guest blogger Many caregivers worry about what will happen to their loved ones if they become physically or financially unable to provide care. What will happen and what will they do if they cannot fulfill their own expectations regarding what they think it means to be a “good” caregiver? A solution may not be as easy as...

Caregiving in the Late Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Caregiving in the Late Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

by Kendra Binger, Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's can take a devastating toll on caregivers, especially in the later stages. Compared with caregivers of people without dementia, twice as many caregivers of those with dementia indicate substantial emotional, financial and physical difficulties. As symptoms worsen, the care required of family members can result in increased emotional stress and depression; new or exacerbated health...

A Letter to My Dad on Father’s Day

by Janna Benson Kontz, MDiv Father’s Day is a day of grilling out, fishing, boating—doing all the things we love to do with our dads. If our dad isn’t into those things, or if we’re unable to be with our dad, it might be a day filled with phone calls or FaceTime. That is, if we have a good and...