Finding Support on Your Grief Journey

Everyone grieves differently. Your grief depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your previous experience with grief and loss, your faith practices, the nature of the loss and how you view it. The grief...

Education & Awareness Can Stem the Tide of Suicide

Did you know that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming over 42,000 lives each year? (2014, Center for Disease Control.) No one is immune The statistics are alarming in the young, middle aged and...

Parenting: Do you need a new approach to defiance?

Fed up with yelling? Feel like you're constantly scolding their defiant behavior? Is your home a battlefield? From the first time we see our children and they see us, there is an interchange of energy that will shape our lives...

Kathleen Kalinowski Exhibit Opening at Pine Rest Leep Art Gallery

A new exhibit titled, “Michigan Impressions,” by local artist Kathleen Kalinowski opens at the Leep Art Gallery October 5, 2016. The exhibit is at the Postma Center on the Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services campus in Grand Rapids. Kalinowski…

Extra! Extra! Read All About It … The World is NOT Ending!

If you’re like me, you probably have a tough time turning on the news these days. Everywhere you look, we are being bombarded with negative messages about all that is wrong with the world. Local news shows seem to be...

Preventing Suicide: Why Talking About “It” Is Essential

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, over 40,000 Americans die by suicide each year and for every individual who dies by suicide, 25 others...

College and the Parenting Role Shift – from Director to Cheerleader

The FASFA has been successfully completed, acceptance letters responded to and dorm room supplies purchased…and yet… The shift in roles when sending a child away to college is as scary and significant as the change in roles when you become...

Tips for Finding Calm During Chaos

  We all experience moments of absolute chaos…the kids are screaming, the phone is ringing, something is boiling over on the stove or a major project must be completed for work. Emotions can overwhelm us, overriding our better instincts to...