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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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Healing Thoughts: August 2016

Through Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services, support is available during this grieving process to individuals and their families following the death of a loved one. All services are offered at no charge and are available to any individual or group who has experienced the death of a family member or friend. Check out this month’s Healing […]

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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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Back to School Tips

Written by: Jennifer Specht, PhD Outpatient Behavioral Health Services The start of school can be a stressful and anxiety provoking time for the entire family.  Going from the laid back times of summer to the routine and structure of the school year is a difficult transition for many families. Here are three simple ways to […]

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An Island of Intactness

My first introduction to autism was a rather jarring one.  It was my first day on my child psychiatry rotation.  The Department was in a house on the University Hospitals campus in Madison.  As I approached the house I heard a very loud “thump!, thump!, thump!” sound which literally rattled the rafters of the house. […]

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Focus on gratitude with a mindful attitude

I recently took a class on mindfulness and how it relates to stress reduction. Don’t let the word mindfulness freak you out. Think of the Bible verse that says…Psalm 8:3-5: “When I consider your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that […]

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Learning the hard lessons of raising independent children

Written by: Tamara Langhoff, APNP at the Treffert Clinic My best friend has always come to me for parenting advice. I guess this is the benefit of having a pediatric nurse practitioner for a “bestie.” My children are three to seven years older than hers; I have “been there and done that.” When I was […]

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Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis: Dealing with Depression

For those living with multiple sclerosis (MS), there can be periods of sadness and frustration. Such feelings are normal and expected and typically come and go. However, when a person experiences these feelings more days than not, it might be due to depression. In fact, depression is common in those living with MS. While this […]

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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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