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Options for Bereaved Families

 Many changes have come about regarding the death industry, including how to mourn or celebrate a deceased family member or friend. The National Funeral Directors Association 2007 study showed that 23% of the respondents desired a very personalized funeral.

The Emerald Event Center is a facility truly celebrating a loved one because of the compassion, care and uniqueness they offer our community; one significant factor being great value meeting individual budgets, seating anywhere from 100- 500. Because of the spatial options, memorial and funeral services could be held in the same room for a more intimate setting, as opposed to a church and a funeral home.

The covered patio can be easily decorated and offers an outdoor sitting area.

Most of the decor is offered, in-house by Emerald.

 

The Emerald Event center is also the home of Create a Cake Catering, where fresh, comfort food is offered. In the past, the center held an Irish memorial service, given by their priest and meal where guests were fed favorite foods made from recipes family members provided for the cooking staff. A full bar was offered as well, because an ABC license is held by the center. A radio, Irish music cd’s, mementoes and personal stories about the gentleman were exchanged in a private room, where even the children felt comfortable to exchange memories of their Uncle. A Celebrate Life cake was also personalized with a picture and mementoes dear to him.

 

Beautiful Altars can be created.

For a beloved Veteran

For bereaved families of pregnancy and infant loss, the facility may be an option if the couple does not belong to a church or out – of- town family members will arrive at a later date. Angelversary cakes can be personalized to reflect the baby’s gender, nursery theme, zodiac sign, and birthstone, to recognize and honor the child. The Emerald Event Center will also be able to accommodate the last-minute decision to use their facility. Click here, how to help plan for baby loss.

Unnecessary driving miles can be avoided, by having the service, memorial, and meal in one place. If you would like to take a tour of the center, call 336.691.000.

Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal

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February is Heartworm Prevention month –

Holistic pet care for your furry Valentines!

by Terry Rader  

Each February when we celebrate those dearest to our hearts, why not remember our four-legged companions with a gift of perfect health on Valentine’s Day? Include an annual Wellpet Exam each February along with a heartworm test. Here, in the South, where mosquitoes are abundant, protecting our pets from heartworm disease is necessary.

Heartworm prevention requires a strong, healthy immune system – this begins with proper diet. Look for holistic, wholesome pet foods with nutritious ingredients that list the meat as the first ingredient, not “meat-by-products” or “meal”. Dogs and cats are carnivores and their digestive systems do much better with real meat and veggies rather than a lot of grain. It is also a good practice to alternate the meats (chicken, lamb, fish) every few months so that your pets do not develop sensitivities to the same foods.

 

If your present veterinarian is not up on holistic alternatives, you may want to add a holistic veterinarian to your pet’s wellness team. I have worked with allopathic and holistic vets together since 1994. Calling your holistic vet for alternatives can often save your companion from unnecessary vaccinations and medications with side effects. There are also many herbal remedies and supplements to further strengthen your pet’s immunity to disease.

 

 

Victoria Farthing, DVM at Animal Wellness Center at Concord Farm in Virginia says: Interceptor® is safer for many dogs with different ailments including epileptics, a lot more dogs are getting on it, plus it aids in whipworm eradication. Heartguard® only treats roundworms and hookworms. Real natural prevention includes additional protection from mosquitoes using topical treatments of Neem oil and specific essential oils in safe dilutions (some essential oils can burn the skin and should not be used at all).”

 

In summary, your choices for Heartworm Prevention include:

1) Holistic prevention (not yet proven by itself)

2) Interceptor® (give every 6 weeks instead of monthly)

3) Heartgard® (contains Ivermectin, very toxic to Aussies/Collies)

4) Vaccination (I avoid all unnecessary vaccinations, see http://www.charlesloopsdvm.com/vaccinations.html)

 

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This information is not meant to replace professional veterinary prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with a holistic veterinarian before following any new holistic treatment for your beloved pets. Find one in your area at http://www.ahvma.org/

 

Terry Rader is a Writer, Wellness Herbalist/Consultant and Flower Essences Practitioner, working with dogs (especially seniors & chronic immune disease) since 1994, see http://www.doedreamers.com/kayla.html

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The first “Quilt of Remembrance” for Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal has been created. We thank all those who have contributed and supported the publication by remembering or honoring a loved one. The paper addresses human interest stories regarding love, loss, healing, hope, grief and memorials.

Many people upon the quilt are from places other than North Carolinians and will be mailed to family and friends wanting copies.

Angelversaries can also be acknowledged for bereaved parents of pregnancy loss. Miscarriages, stillbirths and babies who have passed of SIDS are very much-loved and remembered.

As a kind gesture, businesses can remember an employees loved one or a beloved pet.

The purchase of a quilt square can also be given as a sympathy gift.

The Quilt of Remembrance will be printed within each monthly issue. Please support your paper by remembering a special person who has touched your life.

Please contact us regarding potential stories, click here.

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Have Questions? Ask our Professionals

Sponsors of Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal

by emailing, Diana@justacloudaway.com

Question from Theresa of Oak Ridge- “Janet, what exactly is an energy reading?”

Thank you for your question Theresa, an energy reading is an intuitive interpretation of an individual’s energy field.  The energy field consists of the aura, the energy that surrounds our body, the chakra system and the meridian system.  Chakra understanding originated in the country of India and Meridian understanding originated in Asia. 

All of our life experiences are stored within our energy field and everything we do, say, think, feel and experience impacts our field.  Our relationships with our life partner, our children, friends and other family members are recorded in our energy.  Our medical issues, physical and emotional, begin somewhere within our energy field, usually in our aura. When the problem shows up in our chakras or in our meridian system we are feeling some kind of symptoms, either physically or emotionally.

We are the healthiest when our energy field is flowing and flexible.  When it becomes stagnant, we develop an uneven pattern of energy within our physical body.  This uneven pattern of energy or energetic imbalances causes us physical, emotional or spiritual distress. A person giving an energy reading is able to pick up on these imbalances and discuss them with the person seeking the reading.

Reiki, Healing Touch and other energy healing modalities, including Energy Psychology, help us balance out our energy field.  The balance is what causes us to feel physical relief, heal from illness and leave a session feeling positive change. I hope this helps… Janet Nestor

More information on Janet Nestor found here

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Memorial Ad for Just a Cloud Away Inc. ™ Journal

1st patchwork Quilt of Remembrance will be published January 2011 within Just a Cloud Away Inc. ™ Journal, online at http://www.justacloudaway.com/journal.html and https://justacloud.wordpress.com.

In addition to remembering those who have instilled many wonderful memories, your donation enables the journal to be printed and distributed monthly. Please support your human interest paper regarding love, loss, healing and memorials…… a subject of great importance.

 To place a 1 ½   by 1 ½ inch full color memorial ad for a loved one

  • Please send a close up (digital headshot) of your loved one to Diana@justacloudaway.com
  • The name of your loved one (18 characters)
  • Choose-In Memory of or In Honor of
  • 18 characters (including spaces) for the third line to note dates, loving words, etc
  • $25.00 check mailed to Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal PO Box 327 Julian, NC 27283
  • How many months would you like your loved ones memorial ad to run
  • If you are outside the Piedmont Triad Area, please include your mailing address or that of the bereaved family to send journals
  • Please send all of the above by the 7th of the previous month the ad is to be published (Example-to run in January’s issue, submit information by the 7th of December)
  • If this is an early pregnancy loss, we will accept sonogram pictures or other significant photos in memory of your babies
  • The Quilt of Remembrance is also provided for pet owners

 

 

 We thank you for your supporting the journal. The first Quilt of Remembrance will be published in the January 2011 issue

Please contact Diana to share your story

We Remember Them

 

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I Could Have Saved My Pet-If I Knew CPR

Shirley Sanders a third year volunteer at the American Red Cross Greensboro Chapter gave a short excerpt on several classes offered at the facility including Pet CPR. After watching Shirley perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a fluffy and synthetic Dalmatian, I probably could have been able to save my pet. After she brought Spot out of unconsciousness, Shirley thoroughly reviewed the components of an emergency first aid kit including; a blanket, hand sanitizer, whistle, scissors, gauze bandages of various sizes, bandage tape, portable drinking water, cold pack, eye dropper, a two liter bottle cut off at the spout, nylon leash, pediatric rectal thermometer , water-based sterile lubricant, hydrogen peroxide, and isopropyl alcohol to name a few. The purpose of the kit is to provide temporary comfort and stability while transporting the animal to the veterinary or emergency hospital.

Before you think your pet will need CPR, make sure they are unconscious by checking their breathing. Place your hand in front of their nose and be sure not to block their air intake. Also, check your pet’s heartbeat where their left elbow touches the chest by placing your ear. If your pet is not breathing, quickly place your finger in the mouth and pull out the tongue, looking for foreign objects. If nothing is in the throat, gently move neck until it is straight. If it is apparent the neck is injured, do not move. Close your pet’s mouth and place your cut off two liter bottle over nose and mouth and gently blow until the chest expands. Continue rescue breathing once every 5 seconds and periodically check for foreign objects. The next step for unresponsive pets, are chest compressions, which should never precede the rescue breathing technique. Lay pet on right side (heart is located on the lower left side of chest). Place one hand directly on the heart and the other hand should support the chest by holding the underside of the heart. Press down on their heart about one inch if they are medium sized, press harder for larger and softer for smaller. Ferrets, cats and other small pets should only receive chest compressions with the thumb and forefingers of only one hand. The approximate count for larger animals is 80-120 per minute and 10-150 for smaller pets. Continue compressions and rescue breathing until you can hear a heartbeat or normal breathing. Carry them to the vehicle and take them to your veterinary as soon as possible. They stand a better chance of survival if pet owners are well educated and prepared for such events.

Shirley stated that Pet CPR was a great class for dog trainers in addition to pet owners. Classes can range from 9- 30 individuals and schedules are listed on the website at http://www.redcross.org, listing your local chapter’s phone number. A four-hour class could save many beloved pets in your community, and the nominal fee supports an organization that saves many two and four legged lives.

The American Red Cross is More than Giving Blood–Take a Tour and Find Out

Other classes provided at the Greensboro Red Cross are; Stress Management Busters (great for corporate), Infant or Adult CPR and Babysitter or Lifeguard Training. Tours are also available for those curious and who want a close up look of what the Greensboro Red Cross is all about. Last tip from Shirley, if you think your pet is dehydrated or has been burned, NEVER apply or let the pet ingest cold water. Cool water is highly recommended to quench their thirst and soothe the wounds. Thank you Shirley, and stay cool this summer.

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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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Funeral and Memorial Flowers are so beautiful and add something special to the service. The various fragrance and colors provide and uplifting element honoring a loved one passed.

These arrangements can be preserved and displayed in a custom frame, ornament, or table top mount for friends and family members.

Gina’s Freeze Dried Flowers, LLC  has the equipment, expertise and passion for providing  flower keepsakes for those grieving the loss of a loved one. The custom floral preservation enables  family and friends to take home a precious memorial flower.

The sooner Gina receives the flowers (1-4 days after the service), the higher the success rate ensuring original color preservation. Leaves, berries and grasses within the bouquets can also be freeze dried. Gina will pick up the flowers if located in the Jamestown/High Point  area or individuals can drop off to Gina’s Workshop.

This type of memorial keepsake may be a thoughtful sympathy gift for bereaved parents of miscarried or stillborn babies. Pregnancy and infant loss leave parents with a very small number of tangible objects reminiscent of their babies.

Gina can customize your  flower arrangements with the appropriate background color and frames selected by the family. She can also add; obituaries, poems, prayer books, bible versus, pictures or any other keepsake memento within the flower bouquet.

Single flower ornaments are options  if several family members or friends would like a keepsake memento created from the funeral flowers.

Almost any flower can be freeze dried expect for coneflowers, daisies, and black-eyed susans.

The freeze dried flowers will last 75 years if the are not dropped, and not kept in rooms with high humidity and direct sunlight.

If you have a memory garden with several flowers you would like preserved, follow the instructions below.

  • Prune the flowers at an angle
  • Prune a rose within the middle stage, just after the bud has begun to open
  • Prune in early morning or late evening
  • Place in refrigerator, not a freezer (if your lettuce is frozen, the temperature is too low)
  • Do  not place the flowers by the blower

Wait 1 more day before pruning the rose below.

Because flowers from a memory garden are not in a professional bouquet, Gina will artfully arrange the blooms.

It is not uncommon for Gina to provide a keepsake for a bereaved family of pet loss.

The cost of Gina’s Freeze Dried Flowers start at $30.00 for an ornament and the process of drying is slow and often takes 2 to 3 months.

Thank you for offering the Piedmont Triad with this artistic method of preserving beautiful memorial bouquets.

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:

Click Here to finish reading the article.

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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