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Show#9 "Grief in the Hospital Bed"
Hosted by Dr. J. Shep Jeffreys, Ed.D., F.T.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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Show#8 "Caring for the Family Caregiver"
Hosted by Dr. J. Shep Jeffreys
show notes:
•Dr. Jeffreys introduces the question of needs and support for 50 million family caregivers in the US who provide an estimated $257 billion worth of services annually.
Interview: Phyllis Madachy, Director of the Howard County, Maryland Office On Aging discusses the services offered by a regional office on aging and the local, state and national programs in service of older adults.
•Ms. Madachy points out that some of the services for older adults could be offered by other agencies in other regional locations; Health Departments, Social Service Departments; information services (where to find specific help for a family in the community), family needs assessment, respite, training.
•Ms. Madachy cited several resources:
Maryland Point of Contact: (410-313-5980)
National Eldercare Locator 1-800-677-1116 (information about services in any region of the US).
Interview: Valerie Liss, Caregiver Educator, Howard County Office On Aging – Ms. Liss details the typical tasks a family caregiver may be doing when caring for a loved one: feeding, bathing, toileting, moving, transporting to appointments.
•Ms. Liss points out who the family caregiver is and what they need: Typically an adult daughter. Needs include some time off (respite), assist with cooking, shopping, cleaning, laundry. She points out that there are programs which provide funds for respite of the caregiver and that families should check into this with their local agency on aging (not limited to people caring for older adults). She discusses the various types of support groups (Alzheimer's and general) available for family caregivers.
• Dr. Jeffreys points out the need for other family members, neighbors, colleagues, faith community and other friends to be sensitive to the isolation many caregivers feel and not wait for a call but take the initiative to call and offer direct support.
•Dr. Jeffreys points out that there are several other national resources available on the web:
National Family Caregivers Support Project (US Office On Aging)
Family Caregiver Alliance
National Family Caregivers Association
•Ms. Liss also indicated that local (Howard County, Maryland) families can call her for information on the various support groups for family caregivers at 410-313-6060
•Dr. Jeffreys' conclusion and reminder for questions about loss and grief asks listeners to access Griefcast via Yahoo or Apple's iTunes, and make any comments regarding these programs.
Music: "Valley" by Reza Manzoori, magnatune.com

Thursday, March 09, 2006

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Show#7 "A Bereaved Mother Uses Her Psychic Gifts to Heal"
Hosted by Dr. J. Shep Jeffreys
show notes:
•Dr. Jeffreys introduces the topic and his guest, Natalie Smith–Blakeslee
•Natalie talks about her daughter Carrie's illness and death.
•Natalie shares what has been of help to her in her healing.
•Natalie and Dr. Jeffreys talk about unhelpful things people say or do.
•Natalie shares how she learned that she has psyhic gifts.
•Natalie shares how her gifts help her on her grief journey.
•Natalie shares how she helps bereaved parents come to her for help.
•Dr. Jeffreys has brief discussion of normal, expected grief behaviors.
•Dr. Jeffreys discusses resources for helping bereaved parents.
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Music: "Valley" by Reza Manzoori, magnatune.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

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Show#6 "Pet Rescue and Pet Loss"
Hosted by Dr. J. Shep Jeffreys
show notes:
• Dr. Jeffreys' introduction
• Dr. Carol Brothers, expert on pet loss and grief discusses debriefing animal rescuers in New Orleans
• How the animals were saved and reunited with their human families.
• Dr. Brothers shares her background and cautions well-meaning volunteers in disaster areas
• Description of a non-profit organization Dr. Brothers has founded: Support Services For Animal Control Professionals (SSACP)
which has performed workshops and training sessions both nationally and internationally. Contact: 410-451-8882 or Carol_ab@juno.com
• Helping people grieving a pet
• After a pet dies . . . when should a family consider getting a new pet?
• Pet loss rituals can help
• Dr. Jeffreys' conclusion and reminder to send questions about loss and grief into Griefcast
Music: "Valley" by Reza Manzoori, magnatune.com

Monday, January 02, 2006

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Show#5 "Grief, You Can't Live Without It"
Hosted by Dr. J. Shep Jeffreys
show notes:
• How grief became a natural human response to loss
• Why grief is a survival reaction.
• What grief is and how it shows up in the psychological, physical, social and spiritual dimensions of our lives.
• Reading from book: "Helping Grieving People –When Tears Are Not Enough"
Music: "Valley" by Reza Manzoori, magnatune.com

Friday, October 07, 2005

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Show#4 "What About the Children"
Guest, Dr. Larraine Pincus, clinical social worker, specializing in children and adolescents, talks about her experiences working with children of firefighters and police, killed at the WTC attack on 9-11-01.
show notes:
What about the grief of the thousands of children who are survivors of Katrina.
Source of detailed information on the special needs of grieving children: GriefcareProvider.com and "Helping Grieving People –When Tears Are Not Enough"
Guest Dr. Larraine Pincus speaks about signs of children who are having a difficult time with their trauma and loss.
Children react differently from each other: examples are given.
Effects of being relocated may take the form of withdrawal or of anger.
Some grieving children may need to talk about what has happened; others may not.
Examples of what can be done to help children who withdraw from participation with others.
Signs of complicated child grief.
Two types of difficulties for relocated children.
Children need permission to cry and be angry.
Importance of being sensitive to cultural differences in grieving.
Children need to be kept in the information loop and be assured that they will be taken care of.
Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
Music: "Valley" by Reza Manzoori, magnatune.com

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

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Show#3 "Healing 9/11 Grief"
Intro Music: 'Valley" by Reza Manzoori
Welcome by host, Dr. J. Shep Jeffreys
Grief Guidelines: Thirteen Ways to Help a Grieving Person
The Seven Principles of Human Grief:Understanding and Coping With Your Grief
Grief in the aftermath of disaster
Value of griefcast for volunteers, clergy, health professionals, friends, family
Interview: Remembering 9/11 with Poet John Milton Wesley
Pentagon plane crash and the loss of John's beloved Sarah
Serving others – Establishment of Sarah Miller Clark Foundation
Spiritual journey of healing
Continuing the bond with a lost loved one
Faith and healing
Use of rituals for healing
John reads his poem, "Quo Vadis" a tribute to Sarah
Book: "Salvos" – a collection of poetry and essays
The healing value of human presence
Request for questions, comments, and suggestions
You can help by donating to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund