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Family Friction and the Holidays

If you believe the movies, the holidays are supposed to be a magical time filled with snowflakes, love, and family togetherness. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality for many. Family dynamics can be complicated, and when you get the whole brood together sparks can fly. For families with definite dysfunction or tension, the dinner table can […]

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How to Stay Healthy as the Temperatures Drop

  There’s a certain charm to Fall and Winter, isn’t there? But despite its allure, as swimsuits, sun block, and cookouts give way to sweaters, crackling fires, and cups of cocoa, you might find yourself more prone to getting sick. Why is this? We know the cold air itself doesn’t make us ill, even though […]

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Mending relationships: Reconciling with a Dying Loved One

Taking steps towards healing a fractured relationship is difficult on even the best days. When someone is terminally ill, the situation can become even more emotionally-charged, as complex feelings enter the equation. Suddenly, there can be a sense of urgency to the desire to make things right. But just because someone is facing the end of […]

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Encouraging Caregivers to Care for Themselves

November is National Caregiver’s Month, and chances are, you have a caregiver in your life. In fact, the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute reported in 2015 there were approximately 34.2 million Americans who provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older. On average, they spend over 24 hours […]

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A GUIDE TO DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS (DAY OF THE DEAD) TRADITIONS

  Posted by Brooke Barry.  Courtesy of Homesteaders Life Company As Halloween approaches, skeletons, witches and zombies seem to be everywhere. Candy is flying off the shelves as people prepare for the hordes of trick-or-treaters that will take to the streets on All Hallows Eve. In the United States, this time of year is full […]

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The Joy a Dog Can Add to Your Family

We all know dogs can add a lot of fun to our lives, but did you also know they’re good for your mental health? There have been a number of well-regarded studies conducted over the last 35 years that highlight the positive influence dogs have on the physical and mental health of their owners. Of […]

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Breast Cancer: Awareness and Prevention

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetime.  All of us can think of someone whose life has been touched by this disease. With a focus in October on breast cancer awareness, it’s a great opportunity to remind ourselves and our […]

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How Grandparents Can Help with Back-to-School Activities

It’s that time of the year again! Roads are filling up with big yellow buses, carting growing minds off to school. Parents are working hard to get the kids back on a schedule that can include hours of classes, homework, after-school activities like sports or music lessons, and then those all-important family dinners at the […]

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Is Your Office Harming Your Health?

America is built on hard work and perseverance. Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours slaving away at the office, yet we give little thought to how our office environment is impacting our health and well-being. Studies have proven that open office plans, including cubicles, may be the worst offender in terms […]

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After Work Activities Increase Work Performance

Everyone has passions, hobbies and interests outside of work and family responsibilities, but rarely do we take the time to pursue these activities. Recent studies show that making time for non-work related creative activities can lead to increased problem-solving skills at work and greater support of coworkers. When we relax and open our minds, we […]

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Dealing with the Anniversary of a Loved One’s Death

  Dealing with the anniversary of a loved one’s death is never easy. As soon as the season or month begins, you can feel the day approaching.  For most, the first year is hardest. The reverberations of grief should pass more quickly each time you experience them. The anticipation of the anniversary can also be […]

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Home Improvements: Make a Change

Research has proven our environment greatly impacts our thoughts and feelings. How our homes are built and designed affects the way we think and behave, thus influencing our relationships with others. Spring, and soon Summer, is in the air and it is time for a fresh start. Go into the attic or garage and clear […]

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Funeral Planning, Your Budget, and You.

For many families, the need to plan a funeral comes unexpectedly.  Complex decisions must be made at a most difficult time and the cost of funeral services plays a large role in the planning process.  Not surprisingly, most people are under the impression that funeral services cost more than they really do. How much does […]

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“Mommy, when is Grandma coming back?”

Explaining Death to Children Somewhere in our later childhood, we develop an understanding of death. We begin to realize that it’s not like in the cartoons, where the coyote falls off a cliff, then gets up and walks away. Perhaps we begin to understand when the family loses a beloved pet, or when our parents […]

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“I never quite know what to say at a funeral….”

What’s proper funeral etiquette?   If there’s ever a time when we’re afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, it’s when a death occurs. But there are many things you can do to be sure that your words and actions are appropriate. Fortunately, doing and saying the “right thing” during such a sensitive time […]

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It’s okay to bury Charlie in his bowling shirt.

Telling the story of a life.   It’s possible that some people still think there are some things you can do at a funeral, and some things that just might not be “appropriate.”  Certainly, a funeral service is a quiet, dignified time for families and friends to gather for support and reflection, but it is […]

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