August 2016


Drones Take Hospice Patients on a Virtual Flight


​A chance to walk along the beach again. One more visit to the family’s vacation cottage. A trip to Europe. When an individual with a terminal illness has only weeks to live, it is impossible to place a value on how much it would mean to experience one of these things again. Hospice of the Western Reserve has found the next best thing. Our patients can bring these memories to life in real time through an exclusive program called A Flight to Remember.


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August 29 2016


We Are Grateful


Sometimes on the grief journey we receive support from people we never meet. We might find comfort in the inspiring words of an author, or by leaning on a tree someone planted many years ago. Grants and donations make it possible for us to offer support to those who are grieving. We are grateful the following programs received grant support in 2016:
 
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August 22 2016


“I Must Be Strong, But I Don’t Want To Be”…


When President John F.  Kennedy was assassinated, a nation openly cried and mourned his death. Whether it was a numbing shock or a perceived notion that she had to show strength, we did not see the same expressions of grief from First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy. The public watched as she held the little hands of her children John John and Caroline as they moved through the funeral proceedings with a stoicism that could not be imagined. “The Jaqueline Kennedy Syndrome” was the new phrase as the media talked about the regal bearing of “Queen Jacqueline” which may have promoted the idea that her behavior was the standard for how people should cope with death and express their grief publicly.


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August 22 2016


How Do We Begin to Grieve


Learn to listen to your body. Where are you holding your tension/stress? Do you carry it in your shoulders? Neck? Head? Chest? Assess your body throughout the day to see how you are carrying your grief. After reading your body, take a moment to release the stress held within your body. Ease the tense shoulders, stretch your back, and breathe. Repeat this process again and again. There are relaxation apps and CD’s available to assist you in relieving your stress.
 
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August 22 2016


Book Review Grieving the Death of a Friend


The death of a friend is very often felt intensely and yet may go unrecognized by society. In his book, Grieving the Death of a Friend, Harold Ivan Smith shares his personal friend loss experiences as well as why this type of loss is often so painful. He illustrates this well through his conversational writing style and his use of quotations from other sources.
 
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August 22 2016

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