Join us in our Caregiving Story Project. During a 30-minute session with a Certified Caregiving Consultant™, you share a four-minute story about a caregiving situation, moment, challenge or triumph. It's your story so you can get to choose what you'd like to tell us. You can use notes or a script or just speak from the heart. For inspiration, you can use our "My Life (Right Now) Wheel."
After sharing your story, you and the consultant will engage in a conversation about the story. Our consultants have learned a process to listen and understand; we'd love for you to let us know how well our process works.
To join our project, schedule a session with one of our consultants, below. You'll need a webcam as we'll connect via Zoom, a virtual meeting service.
After scheduling your session, you'll receive email confirmations from your consultant with a link to join your meeting on Zoom. If you'd like, the consultant can record the session. The recording is only for your reference; we do not view or use the recordings for any purposes. Once you receive your recording, we delete.
After your session ends, you'll be asked to complete a survey which will take just about 5 minutes. We really want to know, How well did we do? Your feedback is very important to us.
If you like working with the consultant, you can receive more information from the consultant about continuing to work together after the session. Our consultants have their own business working with family caregivers and former family caregivers. If you prefer not to continue working together, simply decline the consultant's offer.
Participants in our project share their experiences:
"Talking to someone helps to validate the steps needed, validate my experience and feels supportive in what to do next."
"I felt validated in my journey. I had a clear idea of next steps to help me move forward with respite options. I felt heard without being told what to do."
Choose one of our seven consultants, below, based on the consultant's experience and your scheduling preference. Feel free to use our My Life-Right-Now Wheel to inspire which story you'd like to share.
Denise began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com to help and support them. In addition, she helps her parents, who live nearby. She is a life coach, writer, podcaster, advocate and story-teller. "I love to hear the stories of caregiving," she explains. "While each story is different, every story is inspiring and courageous. I look forward to hearing yours."
Denise has availability on Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons.
Priya cared for her father over the course of 12 years as he moved through a mystery illness. Priya is a Certified Caregiving Consultant, a coach and has her Masters Degree in Disability Studies. "One of the most difficult pieces of the caregiving can be the alienation and loneliness," Priya says. "Through storytelling, a connection to a deeper sense of our humanity is born. The ritual of sharing your story is powerful because it is an offering of knowledge, wisdom and insight. I have a profound appreciation for those willing to share and I always learn more when I hear other stories."
Priya has availability on weekend mornings. Schedule a session with Priya.
Deborah took care of her mother during the last years of her mother's life. She received so many blessings and lessons from her experience and realize now how important support and feeling heard can be whilst in the midst of the journey. "As a Certified Caregiver Consultant this is my opportunity to give back to caregivers during such a significant period in one's life," Deborah says.
Deborah has availability to hear your story in the afternoon and evening hours on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Schedule your session with Deborah. (Choose the "Survey participants" option on Deborah's calendar page.)
Andrew has been a professional hands-on caregiver for seven years and family caregiver for two uncles and a grandmother from a distance. Andrew is a Psychotherapist and Certified Caregiving Consultant and Educator. "I want to offer a safe space for caregivers to combat isolation, depression, and make peace with their caregiving story," Andrew says.
Andrew is available to hear your story during the late afternoon hours on Wednesdays.
Beth cared for her father for five years and kept him out of the hospital during the entire last year of his life, despite his dementia and cancer. Beth is a Certified Caregiving Consultant, end-of-life doula, hospital-based volunteer caregiver coach, and caregiving consultant for AARP. "It's deeply satisfying to give family caregivers the help I wish I had when I was caring for my dad," Beth says.
Beth has availability on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons and evenings.
Schedule your sessions with Beth. (Choose the "Caregiving Story Project" option on Beth's calendar page.)
Carolyn cares for her mother who had a stroke in 2007 and has learned to find balance between caregiving, family and her career. She became a Certified Caregiving Consultant and Educator to help other family caregivers. "I would like to hear other family caregivers share their journey, how they manage their day and their hopes for the future," Carolyn says.
Carolyn has availability on Saturdays as well as Monday and Wednesday evenings.
Schedule your session with Carolyn. (Choose the Caregiving Project option on Carolyn's calendar page.)
Dannelle's experience caring for her father-in-law with Parkinson's disease was a challenging 12-year journey of endurance, loss, isolation, corny jokes, and friendship. Dannelle is a Certified Caregiving Consultant and Educator and a Certified Senior Advisor. "By offering room to share what matters, I hope to help shine light on the unheard stories of family caregivers," Dannelle says.
Dannelle has availability in the evening hours of Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Schedule your session with Dannelle.
Thank you so much for joining our Caregiving Story Project!
Please feel free to invite others who care or cared for a family member to join us. We'd love to hear as many stories as possible.
We are grateful when you share our project across your social media.