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“Are There Actual Stages Of Grieving?”

Many years ago Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote a book entitled On Death and Dying. The book identified five stages that a dying person goes through when they are told that they have a terminal illness. Those stages are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. For many years, in the absence of any other helpful material, well-meaning […]

Mind Power for Accomplishment

By Latosha Piwowar Are you quite anxious with your everyday professional and personal life? Do you ever remain awake at times simply because the tension following a day of work bothers you? Have you got problems focusing on the work at hand? In the event the answers to all of the earlier mentioned questions is […]

If I Start Crying Will I Be Able To Stop?

Submitted by Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home There are many misconceptions about the pain associated with significant emotional loss. Some relate to the relationship of others, for example: “It’s not fair to burden them with my pain,” or “You have to be strong for others” (mom, dad, kids, etc.). Some relate to how we think we should […]

What Does It Mean to Be Mentally Healthy?

By Mark Goddard Enough books and articles have been written on mental illness to fill an entire library. Most therapists, counselors, and psychiatrists spend their whole career trying to heal and repair the mentally ill. Yet, surprisingly little attention is paid to those who enjoy exceptional mental health. Even the most optimistic of professionals seem […]

Happiness or Joy?

By Phil Bachman, Pastor/Life Coach, Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community Each year, the Harris Poll assesses Americans’ happiness with a tool they call the Happiness Index. It is a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 representing complete happiness. Would you like to know how Americans ranked in Harris’ most recent poll? Drum roll please: Americans […]

The Truth About Shame

By Jenn Bovee, LCSW, CRADC, CCHt, The Mental Wellness Center Shame is often described as a very corrosive thread that systemically takes the joy and peace out of our lives. Shame is frequently defined as that feeling or emotion of not being ___________ enough and therefore unworthy of connection. It doesn’t necessarily matter what you […]

A Caregiver Process for Loved Ones

By Steven Buttice and Beth Cooper, Living By Your Design, Inc. So you woke up at bit early today, now you are trying to figure out how you can get Mom to her 3:30pm doctor’s appointment and see your son’s school baseball game at 4:00pm. Life today is active, especially for women ages 45 to […]

The Futility of Worry and How to Overcome It

By Phil Bachman, Pastor/Life Coach, Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community Recently, I was visiting a resident who made a striking statement. She said, “After all these years, I don’t worry anymore. It took me a long time, but I finally learned it just isn’t worth it!”  Oh, that we all could learn that lesson sooner rather […]

To Tuck or Not to Tuck

Submitted by Twin City Plastic Surgery As the mom of eight, Tere (pronounced “Terri”) knows what it means to work hard to get her figure back after childbirth. However, after her last pregnancy — giving birth to triplets at age 51 — the exercise and diet that had worked so well after her earlier pregnancies […]

Self-Care Is Not Selfish

By Lisa Lowery MSN RN OCN, Breast Health Navigator at the Community Cancer Center With Mother’s Day coming up, I want to remind all mothers that taking time to care for yourself is very important. I know we all have heard the saying, “a mother’s needs come last,” and to some extent they do. As […]