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On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 6

Welcome back to the Caring Connection series on grief and loss in cancer. This is the final post, six out of six posts.  Frank Ostaseski, in his book The Five Invitations (2017), offered five “mutually supportive principles, permeated with love”, five “bottomless practices that can be continually explored and deepened”. He wrote about hospice experiences in that book. In this series, I (humbly) apply Ostaseski’s ideas to cancer experiences during Covid-19, reflecting … Continue reading On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 6

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“Why am I so stuck?” – Taking care of safety needs in uncertain times

Maybe in a book or in a school course you saw a “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs” pyramid. Did you know, Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) never drew any images or schematics for his psychological theory? It seems that the drawing was made up by textbook publishers as a learning aid. Well, perhaps it worked, and many people do remember the hierarchy of needs which describes in day-to-day … Continue reading “Why am I so stuck?” – Taking care of safety needs in uncertain times

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On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 5

Welcome back to the Caring Connection series on grief and loss in cancer. This is the fifth out of six posts.  Frank Ostaseski, in his book The Five Invitations (2017), offered five “mutually supportive principles, permeated with love”, five “bottomless practices that can be continually explored and deepened”. He wrote about hospice experiences in that book. In this series, I (humbly) apply Ostaseski’s ideas to cancer experiences during Covid-19, reflecting on illness, … Continue reading On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 5

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Mental and Emotional Health Services Available – Welcome Psychology Interns!

In addition to our Oncology Social Workers, Oncology Nurse Navigators, and directory of Online Support Resources, we are proud and excited to continue our psycho-oncology (a.k.a. therapy for people impacted by cancer) program! This program has been operating for several years at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital and is now adapted to provide care during social distancing. We would like to introduce several … Continue reading Mental and Emotional Health Services Available – Welcome Psychology Interns!

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On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 4

Welcome back to the Caring Connection series on grief and loss in cancer. This is the fourth out of six posts.  Frank Ostaseski, in his book The Five Invitations (2017), offered five “mutually supportive principles, permeated with love”, five “bottomless practices that can be continually explored and deepened”. He wrote about hospice experiences in that book. In this series, I (humbly) apply Ostaseski’s ideas to cancer experiences during Covid-19, reflecting on illness, … Continue reading On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 4

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On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 3

Unabridged audio for the post below: Welcome back to the Caring Connection series on grief and loss in cancer. This is the third out of six posts.  Frank Ostaseski, in his book The Five Invitations (2017), offers five “mutually supportive principles, permeated with love”, five “bottomless practices that can be continually explored and deepened”. He wrote about hospice experiences in that book; in this series, I (humbly) apply Ostaseski’s ideas to oncology, … Continue reading On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 3

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Grief Series – Part 2

Welcome back to the Caring Connection series on grief and loss in cancer. Please find the full recording of this post below: This is the second out of six posts.  This series is based on Frank Ostaseski’s book, The Five Invitations (2017), where he offers five “mutually supportive principles, permeated with love”, five “bottomless practices that can be continually explored and deepened”. He wrote about hospice experiences in that book. In … Continue reading Grief Series – Part 2

On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part One

Welcome to the Caring Connection series on grief and loss in cancer. This is the first out of six posts.  Frank Ostaseski, in his book The Five Invitations (2017), offered five “mutually supportive principles, permeated with love”, five “bottomless practices that can be continually explored and deepened”. He wrote about hospice experiences in that book. In this series, I (humbly) apply Ostaseski’s ideas onto oncology, reflecting on cancer, social isolation, and things … Continue reading On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part One

How to Videochat 101 – Back to Basics

So… were you hoping (like me) that life would go “back to normal” pretty quickly? Maybe you were hoping that you could ignore the Zooms and the Skypes and the other nonsense made-up words that technology companies love to use for their products. But here we are. At this point many of us dearly miss people outside of our homes. You may want to see … Continue reading How to Videochat 101 – Back to Basics

Food Resources during these COVID-19 Days

We are aware that food may be scarce for some of us as life circumstances have changed. Here are some resources that may be helpful as you take care of yourself during these shelter at home days. They are as current as possible as we go to print; however, we are aware that the information on these sites may change over the days ahead. In … Continue reading Food Resources during these COVID-19 Days