Personal treasures or talismans have been used for a long time by caregivers, and those grieving, to reduce pain and stress. In this episode, I share a bit of history and some ways that you can use personal items to help you recover from loss and make better care decisions. My own experience with such simple items as my mom and dad’s handwritten notes, a silver bangle bracelet, and even a fleece jacket of my dad’s, gave me strength when I felt lost. You might be surprised to learn that it’s not a ‘woo-woo’ thing but can actually help ground your head, heart, and actions.
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Oh, I forgot to share that when my dad passed, I collected the rifle shell from his veteran memorial gun salute. Those shells were taken to my local jeweler where some were dipped in silver and others in gold. Each shell casing had a special phrase engraved, that meant something to my sister (who got one), and each of his aides (all who received one too). Yes, I have one as well. Each shell was hung off a necklace chain that was different for each of us. I personally wear that necklace when I need a little extra strength and motivation. Here's a link to that jeweler, who is pretty special herself. Campus Jewelers in Wilton, CT. If you do call them, please say hello to Sonya for me.
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