Empowered Family Caregiver Interview Highlights with Beth Scibienski

I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Beth Scibienski on my Empowered Family Caregiver podcast. I first learned about Beth when she submitted a keynote video for a caregiving conference and sang. I was blown away and loved her energy.

In this interview, we talked about her journey with her late husband, Pete, and the power of compassion and vulnerability. We also discussed Beth’s new book, Who Is God When We Hurt? and what inspired her to write this book. Beth shares a useful and thoughtful tip about the power of having a sacred inner circle.

We also talked about how difficult things can be during the holidays and the opportunities we have for support in local communities for 12/21 Blue services. December 21st is considered the longest night of the year. During the “Take 5 With Tandy Round”, hear Beth’s advice to reduce caregiver stress, how she found her best during what seemed like her worst, what she is grateful for and her advice for keeping hope alive. Click the link below to hear our entire chat. See below for interview highlights if there is a particular part you are interested in hearing.

Listen to the episode 31 of the Empowered Family Caregiver podcast with guest, Beth Scibienski, right here.


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Tune in @ 2:40 to her Beth’s caregiving journey. I loved this blog article by Beth where she shares more about grieving the loss of her husband.

Tune in @ 5:16 to hear Beth share more about compassion and mercy and how once we SEE disability we can’t UNSEE it. Mic drop!

Tune in @ 9:16 where Beth shares more about the vulnerability of caregiving and facing it together.

Tune in @ 10:30 and 13:00 where we talk about how we all need someone to hold space for us.

We all need and deserve to have a sacred inner circle. Caregivers are no exception!

We all need and deserve to have a sacred inner circle. Caregivers are no exception! Click To Tweet

Tune in @ 15:40 to hear more about Beth’s new book, Who Is God When We Hurt?

Here’s a link to listen in on conversations between Pastors Beth Scibienski and Michael Droege, two old friends and colleagues who talk about life, love, politics, culture and everything in between. In Episode 143 of the Two Pastors’ Podcast, Michael interviews Beth about her book. This is great stuff!



Michael says we read to know we aren’t alone. This is so true!

Tune in @25:00 where Beth and Tandy talk about the holidays and how it can be difficult for many people. Tandy shared her Christmas story after realizing that it took six years to hang up the tree again after her parents died. Get Beth’s specific feedback for managing the holidays.

Tune in @ 28:00 to hear Beth’s wisdom nuggets around managing grief.

Tune in @ 30:00 to get Beth’s perspective on when she started ‘feeling’ again.

Tune in @ 31:00 for an explanation and encouragement about December 21st Blue church services for the longest night of the year.

Tune in @ 34:00 for a conversation about the process of grief.

Tune in @40:00 for Beth’s parting words and where you can find her.

“Take 5 With Tandy Round”

Tune in where we share quick caregiver tips from experts.

Tune in where we share quick caregiver tips from experts. Click To Tweet

Tune in @ 43:05 where Beth shares her best piece of advice to reduce caregiver stress.

Tune in @ 43:34 where Beth shares her best piece of advice for new caregivers.

Tune in @ 43:56 for Beth thoughts about how she found her best during what seemed like her worst.

Tune in @ 45:08 to get inspiration as Beth shares what she’s grateful for right now.

Tune in @ 46:06 where Beth shares what she would tell someone to keep hope alive.



Beth Scibienski’s Bio:

Beth Scibienski is the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, a vibrant congregation in central NJ, who loves, learns and laughs together. She started working at Grace one month before her late husband was diagnosed with Secondary Progessive Multiple Sclerosis. She is also a Reiki Master. 

She has blogged extensively on grief and loss. Her lectionary reflections are featured on Textweek and have been published in the Abington Preaching Annual 2016. She is the co-host of the Two Pastors’ Podcast. You can read more on her website or find her daily on Facebook and Instagram.

She has two adult sons, Dan and Joe. Dan and his wife Faith have two children, Julia and Mateo. The Scibienski clan is smart and kind. They keep Beth’s theology fresh and honest. Together, they have navigated life with resilience and grace. She enjoys playing the guitar, singing and cooking local vegetables from local farms.


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Tandy Elisala

Family Caregiver Coach, Cancer Empowerment Advocate and Chief Inspiration Officer at Center for Inspiring Greatness | Empowered Family Caregiver
Tandy Elisala is passionate about helping family caregivers go from being overwhelmed and stressed to empowered and calm. Tandy went through cancer four times and learned how to heal using conventional, complementary, and alternative therapy. Tandy left her corporate career to take care of both parents simultaneously while raising three kids as a single mom. She took care of both parents for 2 1/2 years until their respective deaths. Tandy now teaches what she learned on her journey. Tandy is a family caregiver coach, a multiple best-selling author, inspirational speaker and mom to three adult kids, one angel dog and one diva cat.

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