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Brighten A Day: A Collection of Tips from Area Senior Care Facilities

Posted on February 27th, 2019
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Most people feel anxious when visiting a friend or family member for the first time at an Assisted Living Community. Not knowing where to go, what to say, or what you will see when you walk in the door makes many people just not visit at all. We reached out to area facilities to provide […]

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Passage by Jim Herrema

Posted on December 23rd, 2018
Posted by Mary Burdo under Grief, Loss of Parent
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The post below was written by Jim Herrema December 7, 2016. Such a treasure as they remember a wonderful life their mother lived and created for each of her children. We are grateful for Jim’s willingness to share his thoughts.     The old woman reached deep into her lungs for each breath, any of […]

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What I Wish I Would Have Known by Amy Sikkema

Posted on December 6th, 2018
Posted by Mary Burdo under Bereaved Parent, Cancer Grief, Grief, Widowhood
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Kevin Sikkema was a young, strong and healthy man. He was an amazing husband, active dad to our children, Mr. Fix It, busy at his job and served his community fearlessly as a firefighter. May of 2014, our world was turned upside down and forever changed. My husband fought a long and hard two-year battle […]

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Suicide Survivors: Recognizing the Loss

Posted on October 15th, 2018
Posted by Mary Burdo under Suicide Grief
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  Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss (National Alliance on Mental Illness). For these survivors, healthy grieving may be more difficult emotionally because of the stigma surrounding suicide.   In an effort to shed light on this topic and help […]

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Hope & Healing: Marv and Betty’s Story

Posted on September 7th, 2018
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Brian VanVoorst was born into this world to Marv and Lori VanVoorst in 1969 in California. Eventually the oldest of three boys, Brian was an athlete and well-liked. He volunteered as a cadet at the Holland Police Department and felt a call on his life to one day be a pastor. In 1977, Marv and […]

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