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  1. Patience and Grace- Stories of Hope with Phylis Mantelli Rayna Neises 31:48

Rayna Neises, your host, talks with Phylis Mantelli.  Phylis is an author, coach, podcaster, mentor, mom, wife, and grandmother. Phylis’ book is titled, “Unmothered: Life with a Mom Who Couldn’t Love Me”.  She is currently writing her second book, “Six Life Lessons of Growing up with a Dysfunctional Mother.”  Phylis shares the following insights based on her long caregiving journey with her mother.

  • [3:19] Caregiving can help you learn about grace and forgiveness.
  • [5:18] Learning to set boundaries is important.
  • [8:55] There is a fine line between what you can handle, what is good for the family, and what is good for the one being cared for, and you must look at it from all angles. 
  • [12:27] At times God encourages us to stay the course, hold on, and be in the moment.
  • [18:05] Listen to the stories of the past.
  • [23:39] Hold on for one more day. Tomorrow might look different.
  • [25:51] You could be called to care for one parent, but not both.
  • [27:40] Support caregivers are just as important as the primary Caregiver.
  • [29:34] Be kind to yourself and take care of yourself first.
  • Learn more about Phylis Mantelli and her books at her website www.PhylisMantelli.com.

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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.