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Hope for the Caregiver

Religion & Spirituality Podcasts

With Peter Rosenberger

With Peter Rosenberger


United States


With Peter Rosenberger




Caregivers and Cancer

Shannon Serie, MD called the show to discuss the role of caregivers when their loved ones face a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Serie is the assistant professor of oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. An educated caregiver is an empowered caregiver, and Dr. Serie walked us through many of the issues patients and caregivers can expect. www.hopeforthecaregiver.com


Sometimes They're Just Mean

In addition to all the challenges of caregiving, many family caregivers struggle under the additional burden of being treated poorly. From accusations of stealing to abuse, the heartache of poor treatment wears down the already burdened hearts of countless caregivers. Sadly, the isolation of caregiving keeps this issue in the dark, and abused caregivers may feel they're all alone in this. We talked about this on the show, and let callers share their stories.


Preparing for the Inevitable

"Nancy, I'm going to die." This is the message my guest heard from her mother-in-law, Lucille, as the inevitable drew closer. Yet, Lucille, had one more extraordinary gift for Nancy as they faced her death.


"Why is Grandma Naked?" Author Ellen Rittberg

Hilarious author, attorney, and fellow caregiver, Ellen Rittberg called the show to talk about her new book: "Why is Grandma Naked? Caring for Your Aging Parent."


"When a People Groan"

What can be said to people who suffer—and groan? When we see ourselves, loved ones, neighbors, and even our nation groaning under injustice, some may thunder out, “God’s sovereign!” In those moments, however, may we instead state with deep conviction (and often through tears) that there is One who groans about injustice and suffering on our behalf …and He will one day make all things new. https://hopeforthecaregiver.com/justice-when-people-groan/


What's A Special Meal for You?

Sometimes, a meal can represent a powerful memory, and so I asked callers about a meal or dish with special significance to them as a caregiver.


A Conversation With Leeza Gibbons

Emmy award winner, Leeza Gibbons, called the show to discuss her work in strengthening fellow caregivers. She also stuck around with us to do our (hilarious) "UNHEALTHY and HEALTHY Songs for Caregivers" Bit. Check out all that she's doing at: www.leezagibbons.com


Debt Filtration and Family Caregivers

Many caregivers struggle with the often massive bills involved in caregiving. What do you do when the debt piles up? What about when an aging loved passes away and leaves an estate full of debt. Michael Grayson, PhD, shares a path to safety from financial despair and crushing debt. If you, or the estate of a loved one is facing debt collectors, contact Dr. Grayson and his staff before writing any checks. https://build850credit.com/


"The Melody's Core Message"

One of the most influential people in my life continues to be my piano professor from college, John Arnn. Now retired from Nashville's Belmont University, John fills his day with composing, arranging hymns and choral pieces, writing his second novel ...and even taking time to appear on his student's podcast! John's teaching greatly enhanced my love of arranging hymns, and in this episode, we discussed how the principles apply to the family caregiver.


"Ice Cream In the Cupboard"

Pat Moffett details his journey with his wife, Carmen, following her early onset diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease. His book, "Ice Cream in the Cupboard was turned into a movie that can be watched on Amazon Prime.


Caregivers Have Tears, But Do We Ever Laugh?

As Caregivers, we certainly live with heartbreaking circumstances, but is there joy ...and even laughter? Now in my my 35th year as a caregiver, I don't think Gracie and I could do this without keeping a sense of humor. In today's show, we talk about that, play a few hymns, and take a lot of calls. www.hopeforthecaregiver.com


"He'll Be Back, and He'll Bring Sunshine With Him."

These were words to Gracie from a psychiatrist friend of mine who saw me staying around the clock at the hospital and turning into a zombie. As caregivers, we tend to be tough, capable, and innovative. But just because we CAN do something, doesn't always mean we SHOULD do it. www.hopeforthecaregiver.com


Parallel Fifths. Breaking The Rules, and Caregivers

In this podcast episode, John and I discussed a music theory principle and how it connects to caregivers.


"In Seasons of Distress and Grief"

Back in the mid 1800's a blind minister wrote an amazing lyric that became one of the most beloved hymns of all time. This episode, from our 1/21/2021 broadcast, features that hymn ...as well as callers sharing their stories, fears, and triumphs. I included this hymn on my CD, Songs for the Caregiver, and you can stream it by clicking on this link. https://music.amazon.com/albums/B01MDPNRHF?marketplaceId=ATVPDKIKX0DER&musicTerritory=US&trackAsin=B01MG2X5VU


Caller Struggling to Find A Church During COVID-19

Paula from OK called to share her frustration and guilt for not finding a good church home during the COVID-19. Paula's got quite a story and she is VASTLY different than she was when she first called the show nearly two years ago. Take a listen to her exuberance (and me teasing her for calling me "DAN"). I sent her to watch Stephens Valley Church online from Nashville TN until she finds a church home in OK. www.stephensvalleychurch.com


Are You Struggling in the "Caregiver Fog?"

Most caregivers deal with disorienting feelings and events. I call it the Caregiver FOG.


Wonderful Words of Life

As caregivers, do we listen to words of life? This episode is from our radio broadcast 1/16/2021. We interview Dan Steiner, President of Preborn (Preborn.org), take calls, and have musical trivia that I offer from the keyboard. www.hopeforthecaregiver.com


Audio Book Bonus Episode

For this bonus episode of HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER's podcast, we wanted to include 5 chapters of my audio book: HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER. Enjoy ...! You can learn more at www.hopeforthecaregiver.com/books


The Gospel in Challenging Times

After a challenging year of the COVID-19, businesses shut down, and civil unrest, we start off 2021 with a political powder keg. Is it any wonder so many feel discouraged and unsettled? Given that, I invited my longtime friend and pastor from Nashville, Jim Bachmann to talk about trusting God in unsettling times. As caregivers, we're no stranger to difficult times, and the lessons we learn in the trenches of caregiving can be helpful in others, as well. www.stephensvalleychurch.com Learn...


"Not a Grief Nor A Loss..."

We often start the broadcast with a trivia question, so I asked the audience to tell me which hymn contained this stanza ...and then we discussed how this affects the family caregiver. ( plus I played it live on the keyboard, along with other hymns mentioned by callers.) Not a burden we bear, Not a sorrow we share, But our toil He doth richly repay; Not a grief or a loss, Not a frown or a cross, But is blest if we ____________ check out this link for more of our music....