How to Help Your Teen Cope with Grief


Tears spilled gently from my eyes as I watched my 19-year-old daughter triumphantly cross the finish line of her first marathon. The emotions that whirled around in my head were so mixed: proud of her accomplishment but sad by what had prompted it and what it had come to mean. Six months earlier my husband […]

How to Communicate with a Friend Who Has Had a Stroke


How does one communicate with a friend who has had a stroke and has limited conversational ability? That’s been on my mind ever since my good friend Ginger had a stroke three months ago. Ginger has Wernicke’s Aphasia which means she has damage in the areas of her brain that processes the meaning of words […]

How Do You Comfort a Child Whose Pet Died?


When my granddaughter Anna’s dog Inky was killed, she was heartbroken. I immediately reached out to Anna to provide support. I also wanted to surround her with supportive words from fellow dog-loving family members, so I sent a text to my sister Loretta. What transpired is conversation that unfolded between the two of them that […]

When Someone’s Spouse Dies By Suicide


How will you show support in the midst of a loved one’s grief? When someone’s spouse dies by suicide, it’s difficult to know how to help. Here’s one person’s story of pain and how she worked through the grief process: “At approximately 2:00 p.m. on November 2, 1993, my husband took his own life.”  The […]

What to Say to a Child Who is Reluctant to Go Back to School


Guest post by Cindi Reynolds Do you know a child who is reluctant to go back to school after a break? As an elementary school counselor, I’ve found that transition times are hardest for school-aged kids. For example, Monday mornings, the day after a school break, or the beginning of a new school year are […]

Coping Tips for When Your Child Leaves for College

Guest Post by Sherri Maat Is your child leaving for college for the first time? How are you coping? As a parent of two boys, we sent our eldest off to college a couple of years ago. I’m here to tell you that it was a huge transition for everyone involved. My son Hunter attends […]

Caring for a Friend Who is Sending a Child to College

Guest post by Sherri Maat Do you know a friend who is sending a child to college for the first time? Here is the story of when my eldest departed, and the lessons I learned about how to help someone else through this huge life transition. Parenting Your Eldest Child: A Series of “Firsts” I […]

July Care Well Calendar


Summertime is here! Our July Care Well Calendar offers unique tips for you to care well all summer long. As part of our year-long Care Well Challenge, our July calendar offers caregiving tips with a summertime twist. Download our July Care Well Calendar here and see how easy caregiving during the summer months can be. […]

Caregiving Ideas for the Summer Months


Ah, summertime. For many of us it means more time outdoors with activities like picnics, ball games, and water time fun. We may think of “caring for others” as a holiday tradition, such as during the Christmas season. But I think that any time of the year is a good time to care for others. […]

Help Others Find Peace during Trauma


How can we help others find peace during trauma? Santa Barbara, California resident Barbara Gaughen-Muller learned the answer to this question a few weeks before Christmas of 2017. Barbara lives about 10 miles from where the dual natural disasters of the Montecito wildfires and Santa Barbara mudslides occurred. Barbara shares with us how she sought […]

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