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Service Dog Fills Emotional Void

By Elizabeth Marie Himchak Rancho Bernardo resident Connie Kennemer says her life has changed in unexpected ways since Nadine, a 2-year-old Labrador/golden retriever service dog, entered her life last fall. Kennemer, who has limited mobility due to multiple sclerosis, is sharing her experiences because March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. Connie Kennemer with her service…

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Grieving the Living

Grieving is a natural part of life. When we love people and lose them, we grieve to help us come to a place of peace and acceptance. And as we come to terms with the often painful void that is created with that loss, we are able to find hidden strength to forge ahead with renewed purpose.

Grieving Alone Together

Rex and I (Connie) lost our only child seven years ago. Todd Michael Kennemer battled bipolar disorder and lost the fight on November 17, 2005 when he took his own life. That began our trek down the unending, unpredictable Grief Road.

My friend Marilyn said it in a simple sentence: “Grieving Todd’s death is now your full-time job.”

Is Depression ‘Normal’?

As a therapist, I get asked this question over and over again, “Is depression a ‘normal’ part of life?” The answer is quite paradoxical: It is ‘normal’ for people to get depressed, but depression is not a ‘normal’ state of being. So while it may be normal for some of us to be more susceptible to depression and its symptoms, being resigned to live with the negative effects of depression—day in and day out—is notthe norm.

Stop , Drop, & Roll

A parallel application to Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) trainings for suicide

Remember that pithy 3-Step process for putting out a fire: Stop, Drop & Roll? Three easy steps to remember, and so easy to implement that anyone can do it! Do you remember the first time that you learned the concept? Was it in the First Grade? Kindergarten? Pre-school? Or even before that? Did the person teaching you seem nervous discussing fire safety or teaching the 3-step method to put the fire out? I doubt it. When they taught it, did they talk about prevention or who/what caused the fire? Unlikely.