Caregivers and The Healing Power of Humor

March 11, 2018
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Can you have a sense of humor while serving as a family caregiver?  Not only CAN you, but a sense of humor serves as a huge asset to caregivers ...even in the most challenging of situations.  It doesn't mean you laugh at everything, but it means you are making peace with the circumstances you're faced with ...and allowing yourself to live and enjoy life while shouldering harsh realities. 

We share some stories on this episode from the March 11 2018 show that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and let you know that it's OK to laugh ...and humor can help heal.  

Comedian Jeff Allen Calls the Show

April 30, 2017
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Nationally known comedian, Jeff Allen, gets serious about the challenges of caregivers.

For four decades, Jeff Allen has been performing in theaters, on television and radio, and as a keynote for corporate functions and fundraisers around the world.

Jeff Allen is the best at what he does - making people laugh as hard as humanly possible. His Happy Wife, Happy Life® message of a marriage gone wrong and redeemed has given laughter and encouragement to millions of people. Jeff’s comedy drives home the humor in everyday family life and the joy derived from a healthy marriage.

He called my show to share his family's own heartbreaking experiences as caregivers.  He also discussed lessons learned from the journey. Even in the difficult thing, however, Jeff demonstrates how to appreciate the funny moments—giving much needed relief that our hearts desperately need.

 

Hope for the CaregiverNow in it's fourth printing, Peter's book, HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER is strengthening his fellow caregivers across the country. HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER is written by one who truly understands the journey, Peter Rosenberger draws upon an astonishing three decades as a caregiver to offer practical advice, encouragement, compassion, and humor to fellow caregivers. Songs for the Caregiver

SONGS FOR THE CAREGIVER

The new CD from Peter Rosenberger
Are you finding that car rides to and from the doctor and other appointments ...are filled with drama?
Change that by downloading SONGS FOR THE CAREGIVER from ITUNES.  

 

Caregivers and Joy

May 30, 2016
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-Peter Rosenberger:  30-year caregiver, Author, Radio Host, and Wanna-be Stand-up comic!Our life as caregivers can be filled with grim and painful things, and those circumstances can transfer us into grim people. Thirty years as a caregiver has taught me the importance of humor and laughter, and I found it helpful to look for the genuinely funny moments—sometimes in  even the direst of circumstances.

Book_LaughWith tenacity, tenderness and humor Peter Rosenberger brings hope to those who find themselves in the overwhelming and sometimes lonely role of caregiver.-Amy Grant

 While framed and filled with surgeries, pain, disability, and challenges—our life is also filled with  laughter and humor.  For whatever reason, I seem to look at life through funny shaped lenses, even though I've certainly had my share of tears, heartache, and harsh experiences.  All that not withstanding, I still circle back to seeing funny and lighthearted moments.  One of those moments occurred for Gracie and me on national television.TodayShow_PGTaking a cue from my cracking jokes with Gracie on the set of the TODAY show once, Kathie Lee Gifford quipped with me, "I guess you're not a leg man!"Without a batting an eye, I deadpanned, "Sure I am!  She pops those suckers off every night and says, 'Knock yourself out big boy—I'm going to bed!'"Hoda and the production crew exploded in laughter and Kathie Lee looked so funny with her jaw hanging open—and then Gracie and she laughed the hardest.Holding Gracie's hand, she had tears in her eyes as she looked at Gracie, "You married him because he makes you laugh!

I once heard a story about a beloved church leader from a small, rural congregation who passed away following a long illness. As a tribute and gift to the widow, the music minister offered to enlist the choir to sing the man’s favorite song at the funeral. Inquiring from the bereaved woman, the music minister was surprised to hear that the dearly departed’ s favorite song was “Jingle Bells.”Double-checking with her, she emphatically stated that his favorite song was indeed “Jingle Bells” and expressed great gratitude that the choir offered to sing her deceased husband’s much-loved song at the service.So the music minister assembled the choir, and, with sales skills rivaling the best salesman on the planet, convinced the church choir to perform “Jingle Bells” at the funeral, which took place in June.After the eulogy, the choir stood up and belted out, “Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh . . .”As the assembled crowd looked on with puzzlement, while dressed in summer attire, the embarrassed, but committed, choir sat down feeling as if they did the best they could for the grieving widow.At the graveside, the music minister passed by the man’s wife, took her hand, and once again gave his sincere condolences. Tearfully thanking him for the music, she quizzically looked at the music minister and remarked, “I loved all the hymns and songs, but why did you all sing ‘Jingle Bells’?Wide-eyed, the music minister replied, “You stated it was his favorite song!”With a sad, but sweet, grin she put her hand to her mouth and laughed. “Ohhhh, I am so sorry. I meant,  ‘Golden Bells’!”Sometimes humor meets tragedy in strange places. We caregivers see enough tragedy, but can we see the humor?It’s there—our  challenge is to expect and enjoy it.

The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.-Bennett Cerf

Black Belt

August 13, 2015
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Part of my journey as a caregiver is taking care of myself physically.  On the show, in my book, and in live events, I regularly stress the need for each caregiver to see to their physical, emotional, fiscal, professional, and spiritual needs.

As I enter my 30th year as a caregiver, I clearly understand that I'm not much good to Gracie if any of those areas are out of balance.

Healthy caregivers make better caregivers.   

With all that in mind, I'm thrilled to share that I recently earned my Black Belt in Hap Kido.  A Korean self-defense art, Hap Kido has been a wonderful physical outlet for me, and has had a ripple effect into other parts of my life.  Breathing and self control are big parts of martial arts, and those two things dynamically affect me in the day to day stress of caregiving.

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Thacker Backer

June 14, 2015
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My good buddy, Eldon Thacker, hosts a show on 1510 WLAC each Sunday evening at 10 (*CST).

Hilarious, Great Music, and a REALLY entertaining show!

He DOES look like Bill Clinton

July 17, 2014
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Couple of funny stories and a Bill Clinton impression!

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