What About Dad? Caring For Seniors Requires Compassion, Humor & Patience…

What About Dad? Caring For Seniors Requires Compassion, Humor & Patience...

Most children never consider the possibility of having to care for their parents as children. The reality of having an elderly parent struggling with health issues is a shocking surprise for a person you once viewed as strong and capable of handling anything on their own. Ten years ago, my husbands father who had been … [Read more…]

On The Outside Looking In- Family Reunions, Mental Illness And Addiction. Genetics Or Bad Luck?

On The Outside Looking In- Family Reunions, Mental Illness And Addiction. Genetics Or Bad Luck?

For the past 16 years, my niece Stephaney Mahaney has gone on and off her medication for Bipolar One and Schizophrenia.  Family Event Planning when you have someone in your family with a mental disorder can often be chaotic and emotional.  Getting my entire family in one place at the same time is a hurdle … [Read more…]

Roles Of Volunteer Clergy At Area Hospitals As Pastoral Care Staff Members…

Roles Of Volunteer Clergy At Area Hospitals As Pastoral Care Staff Members...

Most consumers and patients don’t realize that members of the clergy on site at area hospitals are not employed by the hospital because we are volunteers.  Often my role is as a hospice clergy to offer comfort to families during the window of passing for the patient and occasionally for the patient if they have … [Read more…]

Funerals, Family Fights & Fun Memories? Inlaws & Outlaws Bring The Drama…

Funerals, Family Fights & Fun Memories? Inlaws & Outlaws Bring The Drama...

Some of my “most memorable memories” these past five years have been at funerals. Just as a first meeting with a new client can be unpredictable and often surprising- funerals are often more drama filled than the weddings, pawning parties, Liquidations & baby showers!  Why? Because #Cindyism “When you are the trail boss- the road … [Read more…]

Understanding Complicated Grief Syndrome, Hoarding & The Death Of A Loved One…

Understanding Complicated Grief Syndrome, Hoarding & The Death Of A Loved One...

In psychiatry, complicated grief disorder (CGD) is a proposed disorder for those who are significantly and functionally impaired by prolonged grief symptoms for at least one month after six months of bereavement.  It is distinguished from non impairing grief and other disorders. Understanding the symptoms of complicated grief isn’t easy but, there are signs:  Persistent … [Read more…]