Caregiving and Hospice, November 20 - November 26, 2011

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Understanding and Managing Grief, November 20 - November 26, 2011

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Coping with Pet Loss, November 20 - November 26, 2011

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Engage with Grace, 2011

Occupy With Grace

Once again, this Thanksgiving we are grateful to all the people who keep this mission alive day after day: to ensure that each and every one of us understands, communicates, and has honored their end of life wishes.

Seems almost more fitting than usual this year, the year of making change happen. 2011 gave us the Arab Spring, people on the ground using social media to organize a real political revolution. And now, love it or hate it - it's the Occupy Wall Street movement that's got people talking.

Smart people (like our good friend Susannah Fox) have made the point that unlike those political and economic movements, our mission isn't an issue we need to raise our fists about - it's an issue we have the luxury of being able to hold hands about.

A Thanksgiving Day Message, 2011

When I count my blessings, I find that what I value most in life are the treasures that are free: family, loved ones, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and my fellow travelers in life's journey: those who are finding their way through loss and inspiring me daily with their wisdom, courage and determination ~ all as valued as you are to me.

Wishing all of you life's dearest blessings on this Thanksgiving Day and always ~ Marty T

Caregiving and Hospice, November 13 - November 19, 2011

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Understanding and Managing Grief, November 13 - November 19, 2011

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Coping with Pet Loss, November 13 - November 19, 2011

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Using Children's Books to Help with Grief

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.  ~ Mary Ellen Chase

Helping children understand death and the powerful emotions that come with any disappointment or loss is not easy, especially when other members of the family may be grieving, too. When adults are struggling with major life events such as divorce, serious illness, an accident, fire, natural disaster, a crisis in the world or the death of someone close, children may feel lost, frightened and confused. Under such circumstances, they need stable and consistent attention from their caregivers, accurate and factual information, and freedom to ask questions and express their feelings. Like the adults around them, they need time to explore and come to terms with the meaning of their loss.

One of the most effective ways to help children understand normal grief reactions ~ their own and that of the people around them ~  is to tell them a story, or you can read together one of the many wonderful children's books now available on loss, dying, death and grief.

Caregiving and Hospice, November 6 - November 12, 2011

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Understanding and Managing Grief, November 6 - November 12, 2011

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  • Handling Grief through the Holiday Season, The Compassionate Friends Webinar on Thursday, November 17, 8-9 pm EST; register at http://t.co/ffKp0Uap
  • Therese Rando on Interventions after Traumatic Death, ADEC webinar on Wednesday, November 16 by  

Coping with Pet Loss, November 6 - November 12, 2011

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Veterans Day, 2011: Honoring All Who Served

Our country has established two holidays ~ Veterans Day and Memorial Day ~ to honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States. Unlike Memorial Day (the day we set aside to remember and honor military personnel who died in the service of our country), Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military, in wartime or peacetime, as well as those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Veterans Day is intended to thank Veterans and their families for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served ~ not only those who died ~ have sacrificed and done their duty.

In addition to the Veterans Day National Ceremony held each year on November 11 at Arlington National Cemetery at 11 a.m., communities across America plan their own ways to observe the holiday ~ but you need not wait until that day to reach out to veterans and their families.

Caregiving and Hospice, October 30 - November 5, 2011

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Understanding and Managing Grief, October 30 - November 5, 2011

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Coping with Pet Loss, October 30 - November 5, 2011

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