Wellbeing

Wellbeing should mean health and happiness, in equal measure. But as we have learned over two decades at CaringBridge, it is, indeed, possible to find wholeness in each moment, even when physical health is not guaranteed. Wellbeing for many of the people who use CaringBridge is an ongoing process of physical, spiritual, emotional and relational betterment. It is an essential element of every health journey.

Wellbeing

9 Ways to Remember a Loved One Who Has Passed

What are ways you have memorialized a loved one? When we asked families who have used CaringBridge to share ways they honor the memories of their loved ones, among the most touching was from Kat Schilling. On the anniversary of losing her 16-year-old son, Zach, to cancer, Kat used her income tax refund to do… Read More

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How to Point--Gently--Toward Healing

Mary Farr, left, with JoAnn Hardegger, mother of Baby Brighid, the namesake of CaringBridge, at a November 2017 event marking the 20th anniversary of CaringBridge and launch of the How We Heal series. Pediatric hospital chaplain and ordained minister Mary Farr’s new book, “If I Could Mend Your Heart,” has a deep connection to the very… Read More

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Writing: A Process of Healing

The Sobiech Family of Minnesota in 2011, in the midst of Zach’s treatment for osteosarcoma. Meet more CaringBridge families who shared their stories in the How We Heal series.It was eleven o’clock at night, everyone else was in bed, the only sound was the steady ticking of the oversized pendulum clock that hung on the… Read More

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Healing Wellbeing

Storytelling: One Approach to Healing

While life is, indeed, full of events we do not expect and cannot control, we play an active role in determining how our life stories unfold, by the moments we choose to focus on and remember, and how we remember them. When it comes to health, we can’t always control what happens to us, but… Read More

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What People Mean to Say When the Wrong Words Come Out

All of us have either said something we regret, or been on the receiving end of remarks that were supposed to be helpful, but turned out instead to be hurtful. So why do insensitive and downright dumb things pop out of the mouths of people who truly mean well, especially in response to serious health… Read More

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Emily McDowell on empathy
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The Only Wrong Thing to Say is Nothing at All

Empathy card creator and lymphoma survivor Emily McDowell said she believes the most supportive thing you can do for someone on a health journey is to be willing to show up, stay present, and listen. Emily McDowell of Los Angeles, creator of Empathy Cards for illness and grief, and co-author with empathy scholar Kelsey Crowe… Read More

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