Personal Safety Nets by Judy Pigott & John Gibson

Whether you're dealing with a child leaving home, military deployment, operating a family business, child birth, a medical emergency, living in place, elder care, a dysfunctional workplace, or hundreds of other challenges, the end result of having a "personal safety net" in place is a more safe, secure, and satisfying life. With your plans, resources and people identified and informed, your whole life is more secure and connected, replacing fear and isolation with security and community.

Reviews by readers

By C. Sanderlin on October 22, 2007

Whether it's anxiety and fear from cancer, dementia, a sudden disability, or preparing for the final goodbye, Personal Safety Nets offers practical, honest tools for both caregivers and care recipients. For example, there are scripting and sample letters for people who might prefer death to asking anyone for help, a self test to distinguish between grief and depression, and dozens of illustrative real-life scenarios (including successes and failures.) Personal Safety Nets doesn't promote yet another speakers-circuit concept nor any religious or political point of view, which I find refreshing. As a man who had a full-time, demanding job and suddenly became a single father with two young boys, I wish I'd had this book 25 years ago! I am buying an extra copy to give or loan to a friend or loved-one when it's needed, and I'm keeping the original on my "keepers" bookshelf.

By Rollin C. Thomas on September 11, 2008

I found Personal Safety Nets very helpful when I need to move in a hurry. I built one quickly using the advice I found in the book. But then I realized that it was a great process for meeting any need that can best be managed by a group. I assembled a group to help in a school project, and then using the same methods, found people to maintain what we did on an ongoing basis. This book is a gem in how to manage groups, delegate responsibilities, and avoid group member burnout, for any kind of an organization, whether it is to help in a personal crisis or gather to protect or improve a community. I am so glad I read it, and highly recommend that anyone read it, if for no other reason than to learn it is okay to ask for help when you need it. That it is, in fact, a gift of service that you are offering to your friends and neighbors. Everyone benefits.

By Linda Pearson on September 1, 2008

I found this book incredibly helpful when I needed it the most! Lots of suggestions on ways to weave a safety net, tools on how to ask for help and true life stories I found engaging and heartwarming. I sleep better at night, knowing I have my safety net in place.