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  1. Care from a Place of Love vs. Guilt-Stories of Hope with Suzi Rayna Neises 22:07

Rayna Neises, your host, talks with Suzi Colthurst. Suzi has always loved helping people and is passionate about dignifying people who experience challenges communicating. As a Speech Language Pathologist, she specialized in helping those who struggled with dementia. After Suzi became her parents’ primary advocate, she realized that putting all of this together is where she wanted to bring value to others. Suzi is now a dementia specialist who empowers others to help keep their parents safe at home without breaking the bank and burnout. She shares the following insights:

  • [4:30] Offering respite and support is an important piece when you are not the everyday hands-on person.
  • [5:17] If you don’t laugh, you are going to cry, so you might as well laugh.
  • [6:42] Seize the moment and be present.
  • [8:08] The constant guilt while caregiving can be surprising.
  • [12:19] When you are deep in, it is hard to look past the problem.
  • [12:58] God shows up to comfort, but also to help carry the burden.
  • [17:08] You can honor your loved one without dishonoring yourself.
  • [18:20] Care from overflow and love vs. guilt.
  • [19:03] Caregiving was never meant to be toxic over all other areas in your

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Rayna Neises A Season of Caring

Rayna Neises understands the joys and challenges that come from a season of caring. She helped care for both of her parents during their separate battles with Alzheimer’s over a thirty-year span. She is able to look back on those days now with no regrets – and she wishes the same for everyone caring for aging parents.

Rayna is the author of No Regrets: Hope for Your Caregiving Season, an ICF certified coach, the host of “A Season of Caring” podcast, Positive Approach® to Care (PAC)Independent Certified Trainer and speaker who is passionate about offering encouragement, support, and resources for regret-free caring aimed at preventing family caregivers from aimlessly wandering through this important season of life.

Rayna lives on a farm in southeast Kansas with her husband, Ron, and small pack of adorable dogs. She is the baby of her family, but most would never guess that. She is a former teacher who enjoys crafts of all kinds and spending time with her grandkids most of all.