“The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.” — British psychiatrist Henry Maudsley Tears are your body’s release valve for stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration. Also, you can have tears of joy, happiness, excitement, or surprise. Our bodies produce three kinds of tears: reflex, continuous, and emotional. Each kind… Continue reading The Tracks of Our Tears
Recently I was traveling home with two dear friends from a deeply moving funeral, when we noticed a car along the side road just off the highway. It was windy, rainy, and cold. The hood of the car was up with a female looking under the hood. We decided to detour from our route and… Continue reading Roadside Assistance for Grief Along the Journey
“I don’t know how you do what you do.” We hear this all the time. Hospice volunteers are special souls with hearts for this work. Not everyone is able to serve those who are dying, and their families. But you will find many stories full of service, love, and gentle holding of families during transition from… Continue reading Finding Beauty at End of Life
Last week while driving to work I found myself only half-listening to NPR’s interview by Scott Simon, from the series Next Chapter, entitled Wisdom from YA Authors on Leaving Home: Neal Shusterman. That was until I heard the following words uttered by Mr. Shusterman: “Find your comfort zone and then leave it because the greatest… Continue reading Go To Your Comfort Zone; Then Leave It
Death is a universal experience. Everyone is born and everyone must die. We, as an American culture, are not comfortable talking openly about death. Birth is announced and celebrated. Death does not get its fair share of discussion. Death Café is a movement that is changing this situation. A Death Café is a group-directed discussion of death… Continue reading You Want to Talk about WHAT?
From my back porch I can clearly see the city and the cemetery, with a river in between. In the evenings I sit and watch as the sun sets on it all. The shadows lengthen, the orange, red, and gold hues appear. There is softness in the closing of the day and I am reminded… Continue reading My Back Porch Cemetery Gives Me Cause to Pause
Sitting on a riverbank with a fishing pole with Grandpa. Learning to bake bread with Grandma. Working on cars with dad. Going dress shopping with mom. So many memories from so many lifetimes. What we wouldn’t give to sit down with any one of these beloved people and hear their stories again. We don’t know… Continue reading How to Connect Your Heart to Your Loved One
After a significant loss in our life, grief can sometimes feel overwhelming. We don’t always know what to do with this grief cascading over us like waves seemingly coming from nowhere. Some of us grieve privately, others with close family members or friends. Sometimes, we don’t even know how to grieve. We may have heard… Continue reading Opening To Our Grief
Hospice means not being alone, unsure and unprepared when a life-limiting illness becomes part of your families reality; your new normal. Hospice is coordinated, comprehensive, and compassionate care for the individual and family. Hospice care includes a team of skilled and caring practitioners: nurses, bath aides, physical, occupational and speech therapists, social workers, chaplains, and… Continue reading What Does Hospice Mean For An Individual and Their Family?
Founded in 2010 by Dan Cohen, the MUSIC & MEMORY℠ Certification Program is all about bringing joy into the lives of people suffering from Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia, and cognitive and physical impairments. More recently they now serve individuals in hospice care, adult day care, assisted living, hospital and home health care. Friends of… Continue reading Becoming Alive Inside with MUSIC & MEMORY℠