April 9, 2021

When the Grief Is Yours: Facing Death as a Grief Specialist

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Author: Kimberly Helsel
Shared by Melody Ray, Healing Patch Coordinator I would like to start with a disclaimer. This is my personal grief journey. Just as everyone’s relationship with the person who died is unique, so too is our grief. There is no exact right way to grieve no exact road map to follow… this is simply m...
March 29, 2021

Milestone Makers

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Author: Kimberly Helsel
Early Intervention Therapists Facilitate Progress of Young Clients When Allysha Capps was pregnant in 2019, she was doing more than the usual preparations to welcome new life into her family. As her son Patrick was diagnosed prenatally with hypoplastic heart syndrome, she prepared for her newborn to...
July 17, 2020

Growing with Grief

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Author: Kimberly Helsel
A Look at Childhood Bereavement Rates and Support for Local Grieving Children Long overlooked, childhood bereavement is a critical issue and an increasingly important national priority. Nationally, one in 14 children, or 5.2 million, will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18 based o...
April 22, 2020

The OK’s of COVID-19: Validating Our Responses to the Pandemic

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Author: Kimberly Helsel
1. It is OK to have many feelings at once. On any given day, you may experience a multitude of feelings, such as feeling overwhelmed by all of the daily changes, angry at cancelled events, disappointed by missed opportunities, sad that you cannot spend time with family and friends, wary when you cro...
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February 25, 2016

Living With Heart Failure

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Author: Natalie Depto-Vesey
By Rhonda Trexler, MS, RN, COS-C, CCP WHAT IS HEART FAILURE? Heart failure, also known as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), does not mean the heart has stopped working. It means that the heart’s pumping power is less than normal and cannot pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body or cannot fi...