A painting of a tree in front of horizon, sunset.

Reading Time: 3 minutes “We can live without food for three weeks, without water for three days, and without air for three minutes.” I always prided myself in being able to swim underwater for a whole length of a pool or more, so when I read that sentence the other day, I took a few deep breaths and timed […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes When I started my nursing career back in 2001, I was a mature student but I didn’t feel that way faced with individuals, families and communities during their most emotive times due to death and thereafter grief. Just two decades ago there “were” three types of grief: normal, absent, or delayed. So you were either […]

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An abstract collage showing a woman in space craddling a gold planet.

Reading Time: 3 minutes This edition of Healers Magazine, Health vs. Healing: From Prevention to Intervention, was supposed to be released exactly one year ago—let’s start there. Those of you who have been with us for some time already know that 2019 brought us technical challenges of epic proportions. We cleared each hurdle, thanks largely to one of our […]

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A portrait of a red-headed woman with her eyes shut introspectively.

Reading Time: 4 minutes To know if you are stressed, let’s take time to understand what stress is. In my Certified Stress Management Consultant seminar, my teacher, Dr. George Bien, says it best: “Stress is response to change!” I’d like to note that there is positive stress and there is negative stress. Positive stress stems from things that challenge […]

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An absract painting with broad, black strokes infused with white.

Reading Time: 3 minutes The summer of 2017 was idyllic. We had everything they could have dreamed of: a happy marriage, a beautiful home in Colorado, two adorable sons ages 3.5 and almost 2, and a daughter on the way. We spent most of the summer poolside in Boulder and visited beaches in California and Hawaii. Our boys loved […]

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An abstact painting of white, red, black, yello and blue colors.

Reading Time: 2 minutes “Grief Is the Thing with Feathers” (by Max Porter) is a great name for a book, but mourning is not usually associated with flight. Sometimes it feels heavy and exhausting and impossible to recover from. Speaking from experience I know this to be true. I also know that there is a way through this weighty, […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Every day people struggle with negative feelings. Some folks move in and out of them easily, while others get stuck in them and choose to end their lives. When a celebrity takes their own life the media is quick to respond. TV and radio show hosts bring on experts to discuss suicide prevention and ads […]

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Grief for Dummies

November 6, 2018

A lot of dark ink stamps that look like people.

Reading Time: 5 minutes Grief is a dark place and a roller coaster of unfamiliar emotions. For those of you who haven’t experienced it yet the following will prepare you to some degree. The unraveling of grief is a painful process of suppressed emotions. When emotions are suppressed it leads to illness, depleted energy, and mental health issues. I […]

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An abstract painting featuring yellow, purple and red blothces on a black background.

Reading Time: 18 minutes “Everyone recognizes the certainty [of his death], but lays it on one side, like other theoretical truths that are not applicable in practice, without taking it into his vivid consciousness.” (Schopenhauer) When Sigmund Freud arrived at the possibility of a “death instinct” in Beyond the Pleasure Principle he acknowledged that he had “unwillingly steered our […]

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