Emotional Health

    By: Andrea Warnick RN, MA Dying and death are natural processes in the circle of life. Yet, our experiences of these processes have changed dramatically over the last century. Most responsible for this change is the advancement of modern medicine. read more...

    By: Fred Nelson MSW, RSW “The moment we heard about Dad’s cancer diagnosis, everything changed in our family. My sister has always been kind of withdrawn. Well, she started to take over. I felt like my own world had ground to a halt; I couldn’t... read more...

    By: Glen R. Horst MDiv, DMin, BA Mindfulness is a practice that helps you connect with what you are experiencing in the present. Research has shown that mindfulness can positively affect your sense of well-being, even in the midst of illness. read more...

    By: Glen R. Horst MDiv, DMin, BA Poignant and powerful memories often come unbidden at the end of life. As you try to come to terms with the fact that your life is ending, you naturally begin to recall where you have been, what you have done,... read more...

    Sources of stress The physical problems that may accompany a life-limiting illness are the most obvious sources of stress. However, the stress related to the illness may often be increased by practical and emotional problems and by family and... read more...

    By:   Catherine Traer-Martinez RMT, MEd, RCC     What is anxiety ? Anxiety is nervous tension. It’s an emotional and physical state that includes some combination of fear, uneasiness and worry. Thinking about progressive changes in your health... read more...

    By:   Glen R. Horst MDiv, DMin, BA What is hope? For people who are healthy, hope is linked to the future and to the plans and wishes you have for the future. A serious illness puts question marks over how much future you will have and what it... read more...

    By: Fred Nelson MSW, RSW You and your family are likely to experience all kinds of thoughts and feelings over the course of your illness. None of the feelings described below will capture exactly what you are feeling. Everyone’s experience will... read more...

    By:   Glen R. Horst MDiv, DMin, BA Grieving the death of a family member or close friend is hard, exhausting work. This work may be especially difficult during holiday seasons, and other days that are filled with family and community traditions,... read more...

    By: Fred Nelson MSW, RSW What is grief? Grief is a multi-faceted human response to loss. Grief work emphasizes that grief is a process that we engage in as active participants. Grief demands attention, refusing to go away automatically with... read more...