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GROWW – Initiating Transformational Growth Through Grief

GROWW – Initiating Transformational Growth Through Grief

Greetings one and all!

Here’s a news flash—it is NOT snowing in Denver today! I have officially traded in my snow shovel for a lawn mower. Since Mother’s Day has come and gone, I feel confident in that trade (a “rule of thumb” in the Denver area). Trees are leafing out. Bulbs are blooming. People are planting. It’s Spring! The theme of the day is growth. So, with that in mind, let’s kick back for a bit and reflect on this process of growth. Find a comfy chair, a delicious beverage, and a quiet space. It’s time to chat.

The Spring season is in some ways a very problematic time of year for me. While I associate Spring with birth, life, and growth (like most people), I also equate Spring with death. The death of my mom, my godmother, and most recently my brother. So, Spring is paradoxical—causing me to feel out of sync and out of sorts. After the death of my brother in March, I needed a way to work through the grieving process and the Spring season. As I shared in a previous posting, I am literally and figuratively walking through my grief and my season of sadness. But I have decided that walking is not enough. To move through the Spring and Summer seasons this year, I also need to GROWW.

If you are wondering if my spell check is working, let me assure you that it is. GROWW is an acronym intentionally designed to motivate, to inspire, and to initiate transformational growth. It cannot be universally applied as it taps into activities that give me life and bring me joy! But by sharing how I choose to GROWW during my season of sadness, perhaps it will serve to inspire you to create an equally beneficial process of growth (and healing) when the need arises. In order to GROWW, I am…

Golfing

Riding my bike

Opting to be Open to Life

Walking

Writing

This idea bubbled up over the course of several long walks in my neighborhood. As I pondered ways to address the void resulting from the death of my brother, I began reflecting on the activities that have historically filled me up rather than merely filled my schedule. What do I enjoy? What brings a smile to my lips? What prompts my spirit to soar? Those are the things I am CHOOSING to do this Spring and Summer. My commitment to GROWW began as a seasonal excursion. Now that I am enamored with the journey of GROWWing, I believe it is a life-giving jaunt for all seasons. One step at a time, my path unfolds as I am able and willing to take the next step. And with each step, I recognize how far I have come and how much I have grown. A good thing indeed. I wish you well in your travels, and I am confident that you will GROWW in amazing ways. May it be so…

I look forward to the ongoing conversation. If you have specific questions or concerns related to your caregiving experience, I would love to hear from you. Until the next posting, I wish you and yours countless blessings…jane

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