June 27, 2017

Being Part of the Backup Team

Giving support comes in a variety of forms. For many of us, we are called upon to step in during a crisis. That crisis is frequently […]
December 4, 2015

Tips for Caregivers

Understanding is essential in caregiving.  Understanding what?  Our self, the situation, the probability of change, and how that fits into why the person we are caring […]
June 16, 2015

What to Say When Someone is Ill

For many of us, when we find out that a friend or family member is seriously ill, we wonder how we can be supportive. Just thinking […]
May 10, 2015

Create an Ethical Will for Our Children and Grandchildren

Many of us are quite clear about making sure we have a “last will and testament” or a “living will” letting others know our desires if […]
March 31, 2015

When Someone is Dying

Lately, I have talked with more than a few people about how they feel when they sit with someone who is dying. Although it is not […]
March 14, 2015

Self-Care for Caregivers

It is well-recognized that patients with long-term illnesses such as terminal cancer or Alzheimer’s Disease go through phases of inevitable decline. Transition into a new phase […]
December 5, 2014

Concentric Circles of Caregiving

A large focus of my work and mission revolves around helping caregivers understand the value of self care, and to guide them toward positive and helpful […]
November 13, 2014

I am coming up to the 20th anniversary of my beloved father, Jerry Atkins’s death.  Born in 1921, he died in 1994.  He had Alzheimer’s Disease […]
October 20, 2014

Being “Present” With Someone Who is Ill

I been thinking a lot about the best ways to being present when someone is seriously ill.  As simple as it may seem, the key is […]
October 13, 2014

Lifted in Prayer

A dear friend has been sick for many, many years.  She recently went through a serious surgery.  I mentioned to someone that I was planning a […]