Kate Schutt is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Kate is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

We are pleased to welcome Kate Schutt to the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Kate is an award-winning songwriter, singer, guitarist, and producer whose voice NPR calls “glassily clear and glossily sweet.” Kate studied the influence of jazz on poetry at Harvard, and studied jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music. Working with legendary producer/arranger Rob Mounsey, Kate just finished recording her new album, Bright Nowhere. It maps the landscape of loss around her mother’s diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer. Kate spent four years as her mom’s primary caregiver, along the way writing songs about life, loss, and (to use Christopher Hitchens’s potent phrase) “living dyingly.” Known for her authenticity and deep connection to her fans, Kate’s been blogging about this life/death experience from the start.

Kate’s songs have won top honors from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and ASCAP. After nearly a decade living and making music in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, she now calls New York City home. The talk, “A Grief Casserole – How to help your friends & family through loss,” was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

caregiver smile summitHer topic on the caregiver smile summit is: A Grief Casserole: How to help your friends and family through loss

Find out more about the Caregiver Smile Summitwww.caregiversummit.org 

Mollie Lacher is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Molly is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

We are pleased to welcome Mollie Lacher to the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Mollie Lacher is a Tennessee native with an undergrad degree from the University of Tennessee and graduate degree from Vanderbilt University. Mollie has worked in project management for the majority of her career and most recently was project manager at Bridgestone focusing on their new HQ building in downtown Nashville. After the unexpected passing of her brother-in-law, Mollie felt a calling to start a business that helped other families like her’s navigate all of the to-do’s after losing a loved one, and thus, Sunny Care Services was born. Sunny Care Services brings planning, project management, and concierge services to families who have lost a loved one so that families can focus on healing and finding a new normal without being burdened by the tactical and administrative tasks that come with closing out a loved one’s life.

caregiver smile summitHer topic on the caregiver smile summit is: Knowledge and Clarity for Families Navigating Loss

Find out more about the Caregiver Smile Summitwww.caregiversummit.org 

Practicing Gratitude – Charlotte Today – 11/27/19

Practicing Gratitude – Charlotte Today – 11/27/19

I HAVE A KEYNOTE SPEECH I give to groups that I presumptuously call “The Meaning of Life.” It contains eight life lessons that we actually all know but don’t always practice. Every lesson features a personal story, a song and actual research that backs up the claim. The eye-opener is that every story comes from an older person I’ve encountered in my many thousands of singing performances in nursing homes. Yes, the people that we often think of as being in the worst possible places can teach us a lot about life.

One of these eight points has consistently stood out from the very first day I walked into a care home: gratitude. Yes, gratitude. You would think that seniors in nursing homes, faced with medical ailments, loneliness and more would be miserable and angry. Some are. Most are not. During a season of Thanksgiving, what better topic to tackle than gratitude?

Practicing Gratitude – Charlotte Today – 11/27/19

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Practicing Gratitude – Charlotte Today – 11/27/19

I HAVE A KEYNOTE SPEECH I give to groups that I presumptuously call “The Meaning of Life.” It contains eight life lessons that we actually all know but don’t always practice. Every lesson features a personal story, a song and actual research that backs up the claim. The eye-opener is that every story comes from an older person I’ve encountered in my many thousands of singing performances in nursing homes. Yes, the people that we often think of as being in the worst possible places can teach us a lot about life.

One of these eight points has consistently stood out from the very first day I walked into a care home: gratitude. Yes, gratitude. You would think that seniors in nursing homes, faced with medical ailments, loneliness and more would be miserable and angry. Some are. Most are not. During a season of Thanksgiving, what better topic to tackle than gratitude?

Esther Pipoly is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Esther is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

We are pleased to welcome Esther Pipoly to the Caregiver Smile Summit.

LOLA’s Founder and Owner, Esther Cardenas Pipoly grew up in San Antonio, Texas and has first-hand knowledge about losing a loved one. Having lost her father and husband just 63 days apart in 2014, Esther knew that her life-long career in insurance and personal life experiences were leading her to help others in the most difficult of times – death. She realized that the end of life is just the beginning—the beginning of what for her turned out to be three long years of battles, betrayals, and bravery.

She created Loss of Life Advocates to serve as a light during one of the darkest times of life. With services that range from grief recovery consulting, guidance on vital document gathering, assistance in closing down estates or businesses, and employer and employee training and counseling, LOLA is a one-stop shop for those people preparing for or dealing with the loss of a loved one.

From losing her own job to closing out her husband’s law practice, battling with insurance companies, financial institutions and more, Cardenas unfortunately discovered that being in a vulnerable position allows people to take advantage of you. Rather than play the victim, Cardenas used those personal experiences, along with her 20+ years in the insurance business, to bring a unique approach to preparing for and dealing with loss.

Esther has a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio; is a Texas Licensed Agent in Health & Life; and a Certified Grief Recovery Support Specialist. She is DISC Behavioral Certified; a member of Friends of Hospice; and a Former Board Chair of The Final Acts Project.

caregiver smile summitHer topic on the caregiver smile summit is: Preparing for an End of Life Transition – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Find out more about the Caregiver Smile Summitwww.caregiversummit.org 

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