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How to Collect Family Oral Histories

Stories are incredibly powerful ways to connect families. Take my grandfather’s stories. He was never a man to brag, but by asking him a few questions, I discovered that he lived a remarkable life. One year, I spent several winter afternoons with him and a tape recorder, asking him to tell me his favorite memories. He talked about growing up […]

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Caregiving Alone? How to Get the Caregiving Help You Need

Anyone coping with a difficult health journey needs a caregiver – someone who steps up as their advocate, cook, errand-runner, communicator, valet, secret shopper and much more. If you’re that caregiver, you know the reality check: time is limited, you can’t be everywhere at once, and there are always unforeseen emergencies large and small. We get it, and we’re here […]

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Maddy’s Story – Reaching Out with the Promise of Love

In 2001, Cheryl Karpen received a desperate phone call from a father – and old friend – whose daughter had tried to end her life. “Maddy trusts you,” he said. “Won’t you please reach out to her?” At 16, his daughter was fighting a hard battle to fit in and belong at school, but felt only rejection. While her parents and […]

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“Hope Conquers All” Interview with Author Sona Mehring

Author Sona Mehring is the founder of CaringBridge.org – the online social network that helps people negotiate health journeys in the best possible way: supported by all the love, hope, and compassion their families and friends can share with them. Now She Has a Book, “Hope Conquers All” Her new book is a collection of warm, uplifting stories by some […]

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Tips for Caregivers: Balancing Your Needs

After a stroke left her mother with significant limitations, Bette Scott gladly stepped up to be her caregiver. In contrast to a former life of independence, her mom now had to use a walker, couldn’t drive and needed help organizing medications and appointments. Bette’s father was deceased, so her mother stayed at the family’s home for 10 years. “We were […]

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