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Renewing Your Spirit After the Loss of a Loved One

Renewing Your Spirit After the Loss of a Loved One

  Few things in life are as draining as the death of a close friend or family member. Restoring yourself to normal may seem an impossible feat, but with patience and healthy goals, you can find a way to cope with your grief. Identify and Address Your Feelings In the aftermath of a loved one’s passing, your emotions may be reeling. You will likely pass through the five classic grieving stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The process is unique to every individual and no two people grieve the same way. Consider keeping a daily journal to provideRead More

Recognizing the Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Recognizing the Warning Signs of Mental Illness

As of the year 2021, there are 47.1 million people in the United States who live with a mental health condition. That is 19% of America. That is a 1.5 million increase from what was reported in the prior year. The numbers are real, and each one represents someone’s son, daughter, brother, sister, father, mother, or distant relative. On the other side of the statistics are human beings who have a voice that needs to be heard over the noise of shame, opinions, and perspectives that seek to sway society in one direction over the other. Coming together as a unifiedRead More

4 Steps to Take After Being Diagnosed with a Mental Illness

4 Steps to Take After Being Diagnosed with a Mental Illness

In recent years, the conversations around mental illness have evolved from taboo to mainstream. Celebrities like Lady Gaga and Prince Harry are becoming advocates and are helping shed the misconceptions around mental health. But as wonderful as this newfound solidarity is, it doesn’t really make a mental health diagnosis any less overwhelming. It can be a scary, sad, comforting, and confusing experience all at once. If you find yourself asking “what now?” don’t worry — here are some simple ways you can begin to move forward: 1. Talk to a Loved One Mental illness can feel incredibly isolating. Compounded withRead More

Long term financial planning for Families affected by Mental Illness

Long term financial planning for Families affected by Mental Illness

If you live with a loved one affected by mental illness and are concerned for their continued care after you pass, there are arrangements you can make to ensure their care that is not as complicated or expensive as you might think. Once you are not available to help a family member battling serious mental illness (SMI) with housing, assistance with daily activities, and getting to rehabilitation or counseling sessions, who will take over? You can arrange this in advance of your death and fund future care arrangements through trust and life insurance. This article will explain how this isRead More