Bridging the Divide When Honoring the Death of a Loved One

It’s a difficult time for you and your family. The death of a loved one or friend is often among the most stressful events in our lives. At a time when you are dealing with your own emotions and those of others, considering how to honor your loved one may feel daunting. Creating a unique and personalized event that reflects your culture and life experiences may be the way to memorialize your loved one or friend.

End-of-Life Care – Start the Conversation Today

The final chapter of our lives can be filled with difficult and emotional decisions. A rapid decline in health or an emergency can prompt family members and health care professionals to have to make critical end-of-life care choices. Our personal intentions can get lost during these often-hurried situations. According to a survey conducted by The Conversation Project, 90 percent of Americans believe talking about end-of-life care with loved ones is important, yet 27 percent of

5 Caregiving Resolutions for 2018

As a busy caregiver, it can be all too easy to let your own well-being take a backseat to your loved one’s needs. Here are five caregiving resolutions I encourage you to adopt – and keep – in 2018 and beyond: 1. I will ask for help. Caregiver burnout is real. When you find yourself overwhelmed, sad or isolated, ask family members to cover for you while you run errands, meet a friend for lunch

Joy on the Journey: Is joy a choice?

Sometimes the smooth pavement beneath us turns to gravel and we find ourselves questioning the journey. At times it becomes a narrow path, not of our choosing, and we wonder how or why we have been asked to pick our way through the “handicaps” we have been dealt. We stumble over the jagged rocks of disappointment and hurt. During those times, can we really find joy; real joy? Joy when the walls around us are

The Connection Between Nature and Grief Management

Every individual grieves differently following the loss of a loved one. There is not one “right way” to navigate the overwhelming and complicated emotions that accompany bereavement. When it comes to grieving children, the emotions they experience are even more difficult to work through because they lack the maturity to fully express their feelings. One outlet that has been known to offer unique support throughout the grieving process is interaction with nature. There are numerous

The Grieving Process

Everyone grieves differently. Grieving is a very personal and highly individual experience. How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your faith and the nature of the loss. The grieving process takes time.  Healing happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried. There is no “normal” timetable for grieving.  Some people start to feel better in weeks or months while others it takes years.  Whatever your grief