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Consideration for those who grieve

Written by: Melissa Klebs, Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Counselor I recently read an article on Facebook that got me thinking. The article was entitled “Stopping Traffic for Grief.” I got to thinking about the funeral processions that I have been a part of. Most of these funeral processions have been in smaller towns where people slow down, pull over, […]

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My Fight Song

Written by: Lori Tschetter, CSW, Bereavement Counselor, Agnesian Bereavement Center & Grief Relief I was never what you would consider a runner. In fact, I was the complete opposite. I dreaded that one day each year that we were forced to run the mile in gym class. When I got older, my personal stance became […]

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West Nile Virus: what you need to know

Written by: Carlos Figueroa Castro, MD, Infectious Diseases A recent update from the Fond du Lac County Health Department indicates that a dead crow found in the county last month tested positive for the West Nile virus. As a healthcare consumer, what do you need to know about this virus? First off, it’s important to […]

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Benefits of using art to heal

Being creative can reduce stress. Often relaxation and enjoyment are the main goals when thinking about making art. Art can also be more than a hobby or pretty picture. Art therapy is an expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Art therapy can […]

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What is integrative health?

Integrative health is a holistic approach that incorporates conventional therapies like medications or procedures, along with evidence-based complementary therapies. Treatment plans to optimize health are individualized depending on a person’s needs, and will address physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual health. Nutrition and physical activity are important components of healing and will be discussed with each […]

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Child safety checklist

Written by: Yamil Darwich, MD You can help your child avoid injury by being prepared and educating yourself and your family. It is important to take charge of your child’s health and follow a program designed to help you and your family stay healthy and safe. At Home Set your water heater to 120 degrees […]

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Is it possible to feel hope during grief?

Hope. This is a word I have been thinking a lot about lately. Is it possible to feel hope when we are feeling like our world is torn apart because our loved one has died? My answer to that question is YES! I believe that hope is an important part of grieving. Continuing our relationship […]

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Healthy Recipe: Dark Chocolate Blueberry Bark with Roasted Flax Seeds

As prepared by Chef Mike Wetzel of Agnesian HealthCare Ingredients 1 package (6 ounces or 1-1/4 cup) fresh blueberries 16 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (about two cups dark chocolate chips) 60% cocoa or higher 3 ounces sliced almonds, toasted and cooled to room temperature 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, salted 1/3 cup flax seeds, toasted Directions […]

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April showers bring May flowers

In the Catholic tradition in which I was raised, I remember as a child having the May crowning. It was a special way to give tribute to Jesus’ mother, and you were a very special, young lady if you were ever chosen to crown Mary. The crown was always made of spring flowers and ribbons, […]

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Just one thing

Written by: Donna Altepeter , LCSW, Bereavement Coordinator, Agnesian HealthCare Often, after a death of someone close, we are lost. We have lost motivation; we have lost energy. We have lost direction, we have lost faith and we have lost our will to move forward. We are stuck. One of the ways we can take that first […]

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