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Weathering the STORM of Grief

Grief is our natural response to a meaningful loss. Some losses are heavier than others, yet they are all valid and real. It might be a change in daily activities, losing a role we have held, transitioning to an empty nest, divorce, retirement, or a death (among others). Healthy grieving can be quite intense, especially… Continue reading Weathering the STORM of Grief

Tending Life in a Pandemic: An Antidote to Anxiety

Across the globe, the majority of us have two jobs: Hold gratitude for those on the frontlines providing direct care to people suffering from COVID-19.Follow any and all safety guidelines to enable essential workers to do their essential work. It’s vital that we stay home and stay calm. Even though that might sound simple, it… Continue reading Tending Life in a Pandemic: An Antidote to Anxiety

The “Lasts”

“What’s that piece of furniture in the corner?” I ask, following a long period of not talking, trying to assess whether my client was truly interested in the news program playing or if he wanted to converse. “Is it a record player?” I point to the area behind the hospital bed, which has become a… Continue reading The “Lasts”

Your Values, Your Voice: Collaborative Care

Your Values, Your Voice Making Decisions in Cases of Serious Illness A collaborative approach to medicine between practitioner and patient has not always been standard practice, let alone even possible. In their landmark “Awareness of Dying” research, Glaser and Strauss (1965) described the common philosophy of “closed awareness context,” meaning that details about a patient’s… Continue reading Your Values, Your Voice: Collaborative Care