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16 05, 2017

Heart & Soul Award: Congratulations Noreen Carrington, LMFT, FT

By | 2018-07-03T13:28:47+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Heart & Soul Award Winners|0 Comments

Noreen Carrington, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a fellow in thanatology, who has worked in the fields of death and dying and grief and loss for the past 19 years. Noreen’s extensive experience in the field includes creating and directing a comprehensive educational and clinical rotation for marriage and family therapist graduates and post-graduates in the specialty of grief and loss. Currently she is the Regional Director for the Volunteer and Bereavement Programs for Health Essentials LLC and is a faculty member at the CSU Institute for Palliative Care at California State University San Marcos which trains [...]

16 05, 2017

Heart & Soul Award: Congratulations Nancy Colocino, PhD.

By | 2017-11-19T07:15:28+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Heart & Soul Award Winners|0 Comments

Nancy has a heart for children, values diversity and equality, and is motivated to help make the world a better place. She has been involved in the Irvine community for over 30 years. She is the executive director of Irvine Prevention Coalition a.k.a. Irvine Community Drug Prevention. This nonprofit coordinates with community partners to enhance prevention services, decrease substance abuse, and increase youth resiliency. Current programs include Red Ribbon Week, Pennies for Prevention, Red Ribbon at Ruby’s Diner, Coordinating meetings and general meetings of Irvine Prevention Coalition, and Outstanding Supporters of Prevention Awards. Nancy has over 40 years’ experience in [...]

16 05, 2017

Heart & Soul Award: Congratulations Linda McMahon, RN

By | 2017-11-19T07:21:02+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Heart & Soul Award Winners|0 Comments

Linda McMahon, MS, MA is the Bereavement Services Manager at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care in Orange County. She has an extensive health care and pastoral care background. Her undergraduate degree, a BSN, is from the University ofPennsylvania. And, her graduate degrees are a Master ofScience in Nursing and a Master ofArts in Theology from Texas Woman’s University and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Texas and Indiana, respectively. She has completed an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Chaplain Residency program (in acute healthcare settings) in San Diego and also Continuing Education courses through the National Center for Death Education (NCDE) and [...]

16 05, 2017

Heart & Soul Award: Congratulations Jenna Harline

By | 2017-11-19T07:20:12+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Heart & Soul Award Winners|0 Comments

For the past three years Jenna has served as the Assistant Director of Interfaith Relations for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Laguna Niguel. She additionally serves as Secretary for the South Orange County Interfaith Council, and is an integral part of the annual Prayer Breakfast planning committee. Jenna’s charity of choice is the Somaly Mam Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to ending human trafficking. Jenna is passionate about local and global change. She helps to locally organize and implement the annual Helping Hands food and clothing drive held the 4th Saturday of April each year. Jenna [...]

16 05, 2017

Heart & Soul Award: Congratulations Donna Beattie, RN

By | 2017-11-19T07:18:39+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Heart & Soul Award Winners|0 Comments

Donna Beattie is an LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) with VNA Hospice. She has “officially” been a hospice nurse for 4 years, but realizes that this has been her calling all of her life. Out of high school Donna joined the United States Air Force, then became a dental assistance working at a boys’ prison, from there she was the compliance specialist for Capistrano Valley Christian School: when she lost her job at the school due to budget cuts, Donna chose to go back to school and become a nurse. She chose to become an LVN because she knew her passion [...]

22 02, 2017

The Bereavement Caregiver’s Self-Care Guidelines

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:48+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on The Bereavement Caregiver’s Self-Care Guidelines

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. The following self-care guidelines are not intended to be cure-alls, nor will they be appropriate for everyone. Pick and choose those tips that you believe will be of help to you in your efforts to stay physically and emotionally healthy. Remember, our attitudes about stress and fatigue in general sometimes make it difficult to make changes. However, one important point to remember is that with support and encouragement from others, most of us can learn to make positive changes in our attitudes and behaviors. You might find it helpful to [...]

22 02, 2017

Responding To Problems In The Support Group Setting

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:48+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on Responding To Problems In The Support Group Setting

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Editor's note: The following article is excerpted from Dr. Wolfelt's book How to Start and Lead a Bereavement Support Group, available from Companion Press. Murphy's Law ensures that no bereavement support group will run smoothly 100 percent of the time. Problems will arise, typically due to one of three reasons: 1) Lack of leader preparation. "Where are we supposed to meet?" "How long was this meeting supposed to last?" "I thought you were going to bring the name tags!" If admini strative details aren't properly taken care of, group members [...]

22 02, 2017

Growing Through Grief:

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:48+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on Growing Through Grief:

The Role Of Support Groups by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. We need not walk alone... We reach out to each other with love and understanding and with hope... We come together from all walks of life, from many different circumstances... We need not walk alone Credo, The Compassionate Friends Editor's note: The following article is excerpted from Dr. Wolfelt's book How to Start and Lead a Bereavement Support Group, available from Companion Press. There is a growing realization among those who care for the bereaved that support groups are an appropriate and effective way to [...]

22 02, 2017

Companioning vs. Treating:

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:49+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on Companioning vs. Treating:

Beyond The Medical Model of Bereavement Caregiving by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Editor's note: Alan Wolfelt's keynote at the Association of Death Education and Counseling conference in Chicago aroused a great deal of interest. For those of you who did not have the opportunity to hear him speak, we are printing here the transcript of his presentation. Sam Leveson once noted that when his father came over here from the old country, he discovered three things: 1. The streets weren't paved with gold, 2. Most of the streets weren't paved, and 3. He had the [...]

22 02, 2017

The Child’s Bereavement Caregiver as Gardener:

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:49+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on The Child’s Bereavement Caregiver as Gardener:

A Parable by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. One spring morning a gardener noticed an unfamiliar seedling poking through the ground near the rocky, untended edge of his garden. He knelt to examine its first fragile leaves. Though he had cared for many others during his long life, the gardener was unsure what this new seedling was to become. Still, it looked forlorn and in need of his encouragement, so the gardener removed the largest stones near the seedling's tender stalk and bathed it in rainwater from his worn tin watering can. In the coming days [...]