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Workshop for Families-Creating Love Memorials™ in Greensboro, N.C.

Are pictures sitting in a box with journals, recipes, or other handwritten memorabilia of loved ones passed? Bring your keepsakes to create beautiful works of art with your own hands, where no experience is necessary and all supplies are complementary.

 Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal and other local organizations are sponsoring the first Creating Love Memorials™ Workshop for families. Feel free to bring any 2 dimensional papers, fabric or tags to incorporate, whether from a loved one or beloved pet. Professionals will be on site in the craft area to assist children in creating paper keepsakes.

Adults will have the opportunity to design an awareness ribbon for the cause of their choice. Below is a ribbon for a Grandmother with Alzheimer’s Disease.

A Love Memorial™ is a keepsake or sympathy gift, going beyond the typical cards, flowers or food. It is a thoughtful creation showing compassion for each specific situation. Many samples will be provided, including; pressed flowers, metal, jewelry, scrapbooking, woodwork, decoupage, gardens, stone, glass, photography and photo montages. Community resources will provide literature on babysitting classes, support forums, alternative funeral options and more. Also joining us are local animal rescue groups with adoptable pets. Our fire and police departments will share safety tips.  After school food and beverages will be served. Energy work sessions will be offered, and music performed by Jennifer Cockman during the workshop.

Thursday September 23rd

2000 East Wendover Ave. from 3-6pm

 Bring and share your own memorial keepsakes. These may be an inspiration to someone else.

Come and meet our resources (click for more information)

More resources include

  • Ameriprise Financial- planning for the future
  • Colonial Life- employee benefits counselor
  • New York Life- life insurance protecting families
  • GDR Credit Solutions- affordable help for those in need of improving credit scores

It is never too late to remember……………..

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We had an informational workshop at Terragen Nurseries one Saturday morning. Stephie brought some of her birds. They were on special harnesses  allowing for outdoor walks.

Melanie of Chadwick Insurance Group explained information regarding lower insurance premiums.

Janet Nestor took us on a meditative walk around the water gardens and greenhouse. She also gave away a copy of her new book “Pathways to Wholeness”. How is your emotional health?

A quick breathing technique was also shared.

I talked about the importance of plants in the healing realm. This is truly a learning experience for me as well.  Even weeds in our own gardens can be dried and consumed as tea to prevent such conditions as:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Anxiety
  • Alzheimer’s

We hope to have more of these workshops in the future.

Please contact me at Diana (@) justacloudaway.com for workshop alerts.

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My beagle who is  10 years old lost his eye sight a few weeks ago.  I noticed  he lost weight and before going blind, would open his eyes wider. When his energy level was low and his tail wouldn’t wag, I took him to the doctor and they kept him for 2 nights because he was so sick.

Moby was diagnosed with diabetes and had a blood sugar level of 800, norm being 80-150. Weight loss occurred because insulin was needed to feed the cells much-needed blood sugar or glucose. When the cells aren’t being fed, they steal nourishment from fat cells, therefore the weight loss. Other signs are;

  • increased thirst
  • frequent urination
  • depression
  • blindness due to cataracts

Since there is no cure for Diabetes, ongoing treatment is required of the owner. The doctor packed up several syringes, a couple of viles of insulin and instructions. I was nervous about giving Moby shots, but that feeling was short-lived. I had to learn fast, for 3 other doggies were very curious at injection time.

Moby receives 6 units twice a day (12 hours apart) and supplies are kept in the refrigerator. Below is the type of insulin prescribed, but also suggested Humulin N would work too. Insulin can be picked up at almost any pet supply store.

One syringe will last for a week.

Fill the syringe with air, same as the dosage. Moby’s dose is 6 units, so 6 units of air are pulled into the needle.

Take the syringe and insert into insulin vile. We are inserting 6 units of air in order to extract 6 units of insulin. This will keep air bubbles out.

Turn upside down and pull down the units needed.

Take your syringe and bring a treat to distract. Works every time. I am giving Moby his shot on the upper area of his back. Just pull some loose skin, stick and shoot. Nothing to it, just make sure there isn’t a wet spot, which means needle was not inserted properly.

After 2 weeks of insulin injections, Moby’s blood was tested and was a much better number of 200.

Some causes of pet diabetes are; genetic disposition, obesity, poor diet, stress or abnormal hormones. This is a manageable condition and Moby’s tail is happily wagging again.

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If you are an animal lover, but do not have the space for a 4 legged one, how about a 2 legged? Stephie’s bird shop may have just the companion you need. Joey, a 10 year old blue and gold macaw needs a home. He is a bit demanding with a superb vocabulary and does the two-step quite well.

Most of the birds in Stephie’s Exotic Bird Shop will start talking at one year of age.

Charlie is a Greater Sulfur Crested Cockatoo needing a home. Stephie suggests taking a class before purchasing any bird. Many are returned within the first 3 years due to lack of knowledge on how to care for them or what to expect.

Charlie bird is great with kids and dogs and often talks, telling people to “be quiet”.

In another blog Life is Good, a woman diagnosed with colon cancer found tremendous comfort in caring for birds. She is fortunately a survivor! Pet therapy has been utilized for quite some time by people grieving or going through major life transitions.

Many people find solace and a sense of calm with the meer activity of watching and listening to birds.

A baby bird

People with Alzheimers Disease may have comfort in the presence of a bird because no verbal communication is necessary.

The store offers every kind of product one could need for their pet bird. Stephie can even special order unique supplies like; shower perches (yes, they love showers), strollers (they love the great outdoors), flight suits (to catch poop), back packs and leashes.

The birds have tremendous strength with the ability to bend cages.

Maybe Precious won’t bend the chain.

Stephie provides new owners with support for their new companions. The cost of caring for a bird is comparable to that of a dog. She recommends bringing your bird to a veterinarian specializing in avian care like Stoney Creek Veterinary.

Stephie’s shop is located at 2828-D Battleground Ave. If you have a love for birds, but do not desire the responsibility of caring for one, volunteer at the shop. Volunteers need to be 18 years or older and willing to spend 1 hour handling the birds (with Stephie’s guidance). Pet birds do require at least an hour of handling a day to increase socialization, reduce noise, and keep tame.

If you are interested in handling these sweet birds, call Stephie at 288.0357. Stephie also works with Bird lady of Barton creek Avian Rescue helping birds find new homes.

Stephie and her birds will be present at a Holistic Workshop at Terragen Nurseries on Saturday June 26th. See you there!

Thank you to our newest advertiser for Just a Cloud Away, Inc. Journal

Diana

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Mothers Day is typically a joyous time where mothers are treated like queens by their children. What happens on this day when the children are deceased?

Mothers Day is different for some families.

What could have been, is not.

There are numerous books regarding pregnancy and infant loss from all perspectives. Unfortunately, most people reading them are only those directly affected. If others took some time to look over these resources, when or if a tragic event occurs, they may be the shoulder of comfort for the bereaved parents.

Definition of a mother: a female person, whose egg unites with a sperm, resulting in the conception of a child. Mothers Day is arduous for women who have lost their babies due to society’s view for a day of happiness and appreciation. Many women forego church due to the sadness of not having their child present and unsure whether to stand while being recognized by members. Mothers long for acknowledgement, even if in private.

Tracey Holyfield, founder of Heartstrings, suggests sending a thinking of you email, card, or phone call, recognizing her and her baby. Making donations to Heartstrings, Haven of Hope and Healing or March of Dimes in the child’s memory is another kind gesture.

Tracey purchased stackable rings for her deceased twins and other living children on her first mother’s day. Surviving the first year is twice as difficult because while mothers are grieving, communicating needs to family and friends is also necessary and exhausting.

It is a testimony of love by the numbers of families attending yearly pregnancy and infant loss events each year to remember the babies who briefly stayed.

Bereaved parents are able to compose a quilt square in remembrance of their children.

Some bereaved families will plan the day and exchange ideas with a spouse beforehand. This process may alleviate tension on an emotional day where feelings are easily hurt. Even if living children are present, the family is incomplete and mourning the baby.

Please think about all Mothers on Mothers Day

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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Her Bleak Future Lasted 15 Years

It felt as though she could jump out from behind the glossy image to give me a big wet kiss. This beautiful creature gave more to her owner than unconditional love. Kayla was the underdog of a litter with a number of unseen health problems.

Terry Rader is the proud owner of Kayla, an Australian Shepherd, aka “Blue Gypsy Spirit” who was set free August 27th 2009 after 15 years of companionship. Letting Kayla transition to the other side was Terry’s final gift to her beloved pet. Kayla was a soul mate to Terry and fueled her passion to continue to help others with pet loss and grief, beyond her life. Terry has been helping dogs holistically for almost a decade, based on her experiences with Kayla.

At six months of age, Kayla had been diagnosed with CISD (Chronic Immune System Disease), and allergic to everything. At 7 years old, Kayla’s kidneys started to fail and were accompanied by other aliments; arthritis, heart murmur and hip dyspolasia. Terry knew there had to be another alternative to cortisone shots and other medications to help Kayla and found her first solutions in a book by Dianne Stein called, “Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats”. Terry also worked with Dr. Charles Loops, DVM who practices homeopathy on animals. “Choosing to take care of an animal holistically was not an easy task, since many vets were not open to alternative options back then,” stated Terry.

 

The last year of Kayla’s life involved constant care and communication by using hand signals and telepathy after Kayla lost her hearing. Terry reassured her that everything would be OK and needed to explain to Kayla that she could not occupy to her old body after being cremated as her spirit was now set free. The upside-down squirrel on the screen window during our interview was one way that Kayla showed me how she returns to visit Terry. Nature is the medium for their communication where Terry composes beautiful poetry and stories embracing eternal love.

 

Terry also believes in the philosophy of the Mayan’s regarding crying. By releasing tears for a loved one, we are filling up the river carrying the canoe to the other side.

“Give your pets and yourself the most natural diet and holistic healthcare you can find. Don’t pretend a treatment is okay if it doesn’t feel right to you, but realize that Western medicine does some good things too. Be as loyal to your four-legged companions as they are to you. Every step we take to live more naturally brings us more in line with living in harmony with the Earth.” from Earth Harmony: Loving Our Pets- Holistically and Unconditionally by Terry Rader as published in AWB Summer 2007 issue, read full story at http://www.doedreamers.com/EHstories.html#6.

Thank you for sharing your story of Kayla with the community.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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It has been surveyed by the Humane Society of the U.S.A. that between 70-87% of pet owners consider their pet as a full fledged part of the family. The grief from loosing a pet is real pain and owners will walk through the healing process as if a family member has died.

Most people don’t understand how someone can grieve so heavily over a lost pet. Society is just not comfortable with death, and grief. And when you are talking about an animal, even if a beloved pet, they really don’t get it. Your grievous loss is easily dismissed in their minds (“Good grief, it’s just a cat”).

You have come to the right place for a sympathetic ear to your pet death grief. We understand how deep and loving the bond between man and animal can be, and how the grief when a pet dies can be just as profound as that felt when a human dies. 

Pet death…

Are you the friend of someone stricken by the loss of a much-loved pet? We provide some really thoughtful and caring ways for you to express your sympathy to your bereaved friend below. But keep in mind that you needn’t spend a lot of money to show your support. What your buddy needs right now more than anything is your understanding and sympathy. Do NOT belittle his or her right to grieve his lost pet. Do NOT urge him to get a replacement pet. Read on for a exploration on pet-loss bereavement and ways to lend support:

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Jennie is a prolific writer and has authored many articles published on the Internet, covering a wide range of self-help topics.

Jennie Wright, RN, RRT, GC-C

http://www.recover-from-grief.com

Thank you Jennie, for understanding how much we love our pets.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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