Recognizing Caregivers

  • Posted on: 6 June 2015
  • By: rachelburns

November is National Family Caregivers Awareness month. Each year, the caregiver population grows as more and more people take on the role and devote themselves to helping loved ones with a chronic condition, disability, or who are struggling with the effects of age.
The physical and emotional stress of caregiving can be huge. If you have a friend or loved one who has taken on the role of caregiver, take some time out this month to recognize them for their compassion. Here are a few suggestions that may help you recognize the caregiver in your life:

A call, a card, a visit"_ actions speak louder than words.

  • Posted on: 6 June 2015
  • By: rachelburns

When I came up with the www.sympathyfood.com concept, I researched sympathy gifts. What I found was that if you wanted to send an alternative to flowers, you better be prepared to send a fruit or gift basket. Have you ever received a gift basket? The last fruit basket I received was when I had surgery a few years ago. It was appreciated but it was more of a token gift that basically sat in my hospital room and went to waste.

You Can Take Comfort.....In Our Comfort Food

  • Posted on: 6 June 2015
  • By: rachelburns

It's a proven fact people don't alwayseat right when they are going through a difficult time. Food has always been such a welcome sympathy gift. We all have our favorite dishes and recipes that we like to share. But often times schedules or distance doesn't allow us to prepare and deliver them ourselves. One important consideration in sending food is always how it is prepared and by whom. Let me tell you a little about our food. We take pride in sourcing only the finest natural ingredients.

Empathy or Sympathy?

  • Posted on: 6 June 2015
  • By: rachelburns

After 27 years as a Funeral Director, I can't tell you how many times I've heard people attempt to "say something" to a grieving person to express their feelings of condolences. I once heard a sweet elderly lady try to comfort a mother who had just lost an infant after a long illnes, with these words. "Your baby is in a much better place now....I know how you feel, Ihad two miscarriages when I was young." The only place that young mother wanted her child was in her arms and no......the well-intentioned ladydidn't know exactly how she felt.

Dealing with Grief in the Workplace

  • Posted on: 6 June 2015
  • By: rachelburns

As many of us have experienced, it can be somewhat uncomfortable when a co-worker loses a loved one. What do you do? What should you say? We spend so much time at work, interacting with colleagues, that this unfortunate situation cannot be ignored to avoid an awkward conversation. Being there for your co-worker, offering a shoulder to lean on or simply being a good listener is a great start to show that you care. Here are more ways to show your support for your co-worker who has recently lost a loved one.
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