Archive for March 10th, 2012

The Sunshine Award.

Michael @ http://jamesdez.wordpress.com  and Leigh @ http://bluegrassnotes.wordpress.com both nominated me for the Sunshine Award within a few days of each other.  I’ve been pretty crazy with school work recently and have not been able to do this properly…

 I am honored that Leigh & Michael would give this to me as I love following their blogs every day.  My day would just not be the same anymore if I didn’t kick back with wordpress and enjoy the wonderful fruits of so many blogger’s labors of love.  I am honored to be one of you now!

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award:

This prize is awarded to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. As an award winner, there are a few rules to follow:

  • Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
  • Answer the questions below.
  • Pass on the award to 10 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs, and let them know you awarded them.

The thank you is at the beginning of the post.

So, here are the things about me… my favorites:

Favorite Color – teal

Favorite Animal – turtle

Favorite Number – 3

Favorite Drink – orange juice

Facebook or Twitter – Facebook

Your Passion – Creating Space for Grief

Giving or getting presents – Giving

Favorite Day – Thanksgiving

Favorite Flowers – Cream Roses or Gerber Daisies

And the list of nominee/winners:











Thanks to each of these bloggers for being part of my evening routine…

of inspiring me, teaching me, and making this world a better place for your courage and honesty.

Peace, Jennifer

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Thank you to Michael for this! Within just a few days of each other Michael and Leigh both nominated for this award and I am so grateful to both of them for this honor!

Have A Dream

I would like to thank Danlrene of “Work The Dream” for nominating me this, “Sunshine Award” Thank You for thinking of me, the continued support and encouragement you have rendered since we met, here at “Have A Dream.”

Danlrene is also an avid photographer. She have a blog, “Faces In The Cloud” to showcase some of her work. Thank You for doing a great job Danlrene – as for my delay in publishing this post, I was making my way home for a family gathering of sorts, when your goodself bestowed me with the Sunshine Award. Thanks once again. !!!

Again, I would like to record my appreciation to each and everyone of you for reading, following and commenting on my writings. Without which, I must say, I would not have gone thus far. So a very big Thank You everyone and Blessings. !!!

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Healthy Care for the Caregiver 03/11 by Jennifer R Stevens MA CT | Blog Talk Radio.

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Be Aware: Grief work is a natural and necessary process

Be There: Grief is not a problem to be solved, but a process to be experienced.

Be Sensitive: Learn to allow the pain rather than to remove it.

Be Human: Allow expression of feelings – guilt, anger, sorrow, depression – without judgment.

Be Ready: Listen attentively when the story is told again and again.

Be Patient: The process of mourning takes time.

 When a person is grieving and we do not know the right thing to say or do,

we may end up doing nothing.  The following are some specific suggestions

 to consider when helping a grieving person.

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Flag of Japan / Japanese Flag / Rising Sun

Are you doing anything

to remember this date?


There are many groups that are holding prayer vigils, mediation sessions, etc.  Can’t find a group?

Light a candle for yourself and for your world.

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I find, as I read things about grief that there are a lot of terms that get thrown around… different constructs about grief.

I think it is helpful to understand what people are suggesting with the different terms they use.

I share this list with caution, as I believe that when we start labeling grief like this, we imply that there is a right and wrong way how to do grief… and I just don’t believe that is the case.  But, I think that it is helpful to understand so you can make decisions for yourself as you pick up books and articles about the subject.

Anticipatory Grief:

That which begins before the actual loss occurs such as in a prolonged illness.  One begins to anticipate the death that is imminent.  One grieves the losses that begin as the illness changes the person we love.

Delayed Grief:

The grief response which may occur days, weeks, or months after the loss.  This can happen especially to someone who has many immediate details to take care of at time of loss-than he/she may experience an “anniversary reaction.”

Absent Grief:

No grief response occurs after a loss usually occurs when someone is ambivalent.

Inhibited Grief:

Grief which is hidden.  This person may appear “strong” but secretly grieves.

Chronic Grief:

A state of persistent mourning.  A person who does not go through all the grief process or “stages.”  Sometimes they arrange their environment or reflect no change in life pattern.  They guard against depression by denying the loss.

For the resolution feelings of grief must emerge.  These feelings can also be brought out by experiencing another loss.

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