Caregiving and Grieving

COMPANIONING: Tenet Two-going to the wilderness of the soul with another human being

Companioning is about going to the wilderness of the soul with another human being; it is not about thinking you are responsible for finding the way out. by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. “The only map that does the spiritual traveler any good is the one that leads to the center.” —Christina Baldwin When someone we …

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COMPANIONING: Tenet One-is about being present to another person’s pain…

Companioning is about being present to another person’s pain; it is not about taking away the pain. by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. To be bereaved literally means to be “torn apart.” When someone is torn apart, there is a natural need to embrace the heartfelt pain of the loss. There is no pill we can …

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COMPANIONING Is About Curiosity

By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. “Real understanding is a creative mixture of certainty and unknowing. The trick is to know when you don’t understand.” ~ Thomas Moore  Curiosity for the companion is about being willing to enter into and learn about the mystery of grief while recognizing you do not and cannot fully understand someone …

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Solace and Care: What to Expect When a Loved One Enters Hospice

Solace and Care: What to Expect When a Loved One Enters Hospice Most of us shy away from the idea of mortality. People who enter hospice care typically have run out of treatment options and have difficult decisions to make about end-of-life care. Hospice is a sensitive, caring service dedicated to making clients as comfortable …

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