There is Support… and Nourishment for Those Who are Grieving!

 


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In November of 2005, my uncle passed away from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was my very favorite uncle and he is greatly missed. He was a resident of Seasons of Life Hospice, here in Parma. The hospice team provided him, my family, and me with such wonderful care and support and we are deeply grateful. We shall never forget their kindness and thoughtfulness.

When things happen to us or to someone we love, such as a terminal illness and perhaps death, we try to provide as much support and nutritional counseling as possible to those involved, so that they can maintain their own good health. Even though we had the support of the Hospice team, we still needed to take care of ourselves. If you are experiencing a similar situation with a loved one, remember that it is important to look after yourself as well. If a loved one’s dying process is just starting, if you are well into it, or if your loved one has passed on and you are here, left behind, you need to take care of yourself. Here are some steps I found to be helpful as I journeyed with my beloved uncle. These steps are especially important during the journey, and afterwards as well.

  • Rest, even if you are unable to sleep, at least close your eyes.

  • Relax. The little guys, “Doc” and “Schultz” you see in this article, played a very important part in my “self care. ” Petting them and stroking their fur, talking to them and at times crying with them, helped me to release the emotions and the stress that I was under. I was able to relax and find peace and a feeling of calmness. This can be very therapeutic and not only took my mind off of my situation for a time, but helped to lower my blood pressure. (They enjoyed it too!) They are truly a girl’s best friends!

  • Take frequent breaks. Get a change of environment.

  • Find support and encouragement.

  • Share how and what you are feeling with someone who understands.

  • Be kind to yourself, treat yourself to something you enjoy.

  • Try to keep a positive outlook and attitude. There is life after death and there is always hope!

  • When you can’t eat a balanced diet, or regular meals, you might try a nutritious, supplemental snack or shake. My “Heavenly Shake, ” is a great example, and sustained me during my painful time. I call it this, because it is nourishing, natural, soothing, and heavenly to taste. It is a complete, balanced and healthy meal replacement that contains protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. I recommend this to anyone who needs strength and energy when dealing with a stressful situation. “Heavenly Shake” contains low fat protein and protein rich supplements, and other vitamins and minerals.

    We need to remember to show compassion and understanding to those in need. I have been blessed with the opportunity to share in the lives of others and to bring the love of God to them. My philosophy is to live life to the fullest, but not to forget the one, who made it all possible. I believe all things have a purpose and happen for a reason. They are stepping stones for all of us to reach our reward; that which we call Heaven and everlasting eternity. Come let us travel together.

    To learn more about grief and the healing process, visit us at: http://kdnaturals.tripod.com/index_files/positiveapproachtogrief.htm

    "Healing will occur naturally in the human body if it is given what it needs. Join us on our journey to help the body establish its own state of good health. " (Kovach-Dodd)

    Veronica J. Kovach-Dodd is President/Owner of K-D Naturals, Inc. Her business website is: http://kdnaturals.tripod.com and email is: kdnaturals@mynsp.com Veronica has 31 yrs. of nursing background in many areas of conventional/traditional nursing and is a Natural Health Educator, a Ceritfied Herbalist, and N. D. Candidate. She has experience and has successfully completed courses in Managing Stress, Defusing Anger & Violence, Mood, Mind, & Appetite, Healing Touch, Perimenopause and Heart Disease in Women and more. She has spent many years in research of a better way of life and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Natural Health Studies/Doctor of Naturopathy degree at Clayton College of Natural Health.

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