Crisis Support

Domestic violence has become a terrifying epidemic. Women are the usual victims of domestic violence although men can endure modicums of abuse by their partner as well.  I’m going to talk about women because of the atrociously high mortality rate. In fact over 4 million women just last year were killed as a result of […]

Since attending a funeral for the first time when I was thirteen, I have decided that funerals are morbid ritual to be practiced. While I have been argued with continually that funerals being for the living and not the deceased, I say “Why can’t the living respect the wishes of the deceased?” Sometimes this does […]

I work with death on one level or another every day. As a hospice RN I am often privileged to be at the bedside of those who die and I generally remain for some time with the family members following the death. As a priest, I have officiated for many funerals and internments and as […]

One of the hardest cards to send has to be the sympathy card. Sympathy cards are sent during times of sorrow, tragedy, and loss. It is during these times that the right words seem to elude us or even escape us altogether. So what do we write in the sympathy cards that we send? Here […]

Anyone who has had a loved one pass away will know how distressing it is. With the grief you’re feeling it can be an unbearable time. You’re tired through lack of sleep and stress, you may be trying to comfort others, and you just feel like hiding away but you can’t. You feel at your […]

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager, was shot in the face in 2012 by extremists for publicly declaring her intention to get an education. In June 2013 two more Pakistani teenaged girls were shot to death along with their mother for making a video of themselves dancing in the rain. In India in December 2012, a […]

Our understanding of domestic violence can only be complicated by the many myths surrounding these tragic events. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence outlines some of the domestic violence myths and it is important to understand the truth. Myth: Domestic violence only occurs in poor, uneducated and minority families. Truth: Studies conducted by the Centers […]

Despite the many advancements that have raised living standards in recent years, an increasing number of people are succumbing to anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. With each social and technological innovation that raises the importance of the individual and offers opportunities for amusement and success, there are people who suffer feelings of isolation, failure and inadequacy. Too […]

Is suicide ever justified? It depends who you ask and who you consider to be an authority. Most people appear to have the capacity to kill themselves. However, many of us are raised with strong directives not to take one’s life. These directives come from our parents, authority figures, religious training, public service announcements, or from […]

Rape is a crime of violence and opportunity. According to RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest National Network), there are about 238,000 victims of sexual assault each year. About two-thirds of assaults are committed by someone that the victim knows. Both women and men can be victims of rape, but the crime is more likely to […]