Episode 55

Published on:

8th Feb 2023

Surprising ways to find more strength.

Personal treasures or talismans have been used for a long time by caregivers, and those grieving, to reduce pain and stress. In this episode, I share a bit of history and some ways that you can use personal items to help you recover from loss and make better care decisions.  My own experience with such simple items as my mom and dad’s handwritten notes, a silver bangle bracelet, and even a fleece jacket of my dad’s, gave me strength when I felt lost. You might be surprised to learn that it’s not a ‘woo-woo’ thing but can actually help ground your head, heart, and actions. 

Here are a few related links that you might find interesting.   Before you decide to click on the links below, a heads up: some may be a little creepy. 

Oh, I forgot to share that when my dad passed, I collected the rifle shell from his veteran memorial gun salute. Those shells were taken to my local jeweler where some were dipped in silver and others in gold. Each shell casing had a special phrase engraved, that meant something to my sister (who got one), and each of his aides (all who received one too). Yes, I have one as well. Each shell was hung off a necklace chain that was different for each of us. I personally wear that necklace when I need a little extra strength and motivation. Here's a link to that jeweler, who is pretty special herself. Campus Jewelers in Wilton, CT. If you do call them, please say hello to Sonya for me.

Ways people remember loved ones (NY POST)

Grave Metallum Jewelry artisan: incase you want to create something different for your family.

Victorian hair art

Mourning hair watch fab

Host:  Nancy May, Author of How to Survive 911 Medical Emergencies, Step-by-Step Before, During, After!  is an expert in managing the path of step-by-step caring for aging parents, even from over 1200 miles away. For a free, fillable File-of-Life go to www.howtosurvive911.com. Nancy is also the Co-Founder of CareManity LLC, and the private FaceBook group, Eldercare Success.

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Eldercare Success
Doing It Best with Eldercare Success
Join us in Doing it Best with Eldercare Success where we explore ways to relieve the stress, exhaustion and overwhelm that we all face in caring for an aging parent, frail spouse, or partner. Fear, frustration, emotional and financial strain do not have to be your MO! In this show, we dive into unraveling the tricks, traps, and gotchas that create more questions than answers while caring for those we love.
Join Nancy May, and her guests as she helps relieve the pressures and delivers solid ways to find more joy and freedom as we care for those with those we love. Here you’ll learn how to find the ground under your feet again. Hang tight there’s a better road ahead.
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Nancy May

Nancy May is a corporate leader, business advisor, author, speaker, and nationally recognized podcast host. She has spent her career working with CEOs, Boards of Directors, and senior leaders in the public and private corporate sectors. These experiences gave her the strength and foundation to step in and provide her parents with guidance and support, both as their POA and Trustee, and diehard advocate as they aged. Nancy credits her father an entrepreneur, innovator of innovative eyewear design, and her mom for encouraging and preparing her to acquire the many skills needed to start, build, and lead several successful businesses. She has transitioned these competencies and life lessons to into her new business, CareManity, LLC, which focuses on providing family caregivers structured ways to obtain practical knowledge, resources, and access much-needed support.