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March 31 2020
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Barbara Karnes
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During Self Isolation, I Needed a Daily Routine. Do You?

During Self Isolation, I Needed a Daily Routine. Do You?


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Martha Dismukes - July 07 2020

Dear Barbara, Your writings have been a source for me for several years. I did not have access to your materials during my years as a professional counselor for Birmingham Public Schools where I was a member of the BPS Grief Response Team nor as a minister’s wife. A wonderful hospice counselor introduced me to your work when my mother was in her last days — what a blessing! I am now retired and recommend your materials to anyone dealing with end-times or death. Thank you so much and may God bless you!

Jan North - April 19 2020

Thank you, Barbara, I am new to this site. I have worked as an RN in Hospice and also volunteered for them. I am in the process of becoming a patient myself as I am in end-stage Emphysema myself. So thanks for all you do and I am sure your books and booklets will be good for me and my family to read as well. I ordered a book and some booklets today. I look forward to reading your blogs as well as learning from you. A few things that help me are connecting with my families like facetime and Zoom are coming in handy and help with the loneliness. God Bless, stay safe Jan

Jan North - April 19 2020

Thank you, Barbara, I am new to this site. I have worked as an RN in Hospice and also volunteered for them. I am in the process of becoming a patient myself as I am in end-stage Emphysema myself. So thanks for all you do and I am sure your books and booklets will be good for me and my family to read as well. I ordered a book and some booklets today. I look forward to reading your blogs as well as learning from you. A few things that help me are connecting with my families like facetime and Zoom are coming in handy and help with the loneliness. God Bless, stay safe Jan

mary lou kotz - April 08 2020

I am new with your books Barbara. I will definitely order some as a CCMin my church. Mary Lou

Kathy Behrendt - April 02 2020

Thank you Barbara for sharing your wisdom from life experience. I have learned do much from you over 20+ years in hospice work. Your booklet “Gone From My Sight” has helped our families over the years, ThankYou!
I love your list of how your being intentional at this time and will incorporate some of yours into my days.
Two things that are helpful to me are prayer and deep breathing.
Blessing as you Journey.

barbara - April 02 2020

Hi Valeria, yes, it will be harder to live with grief when traditions are removed. We rely on tradition. Now you will have to think “outside the box” and find something meaningful to create a memory. A Zoom get together to support each other, a postponement until gatherings can occur again (although that won’t be the same; more mental than emotional support). I wish I had clear, precise guidance for you. Everyone is making our new life up as we go along. My blessings are with you and your family. Barbara

Dennis Hogan - April 02 2020

I am a Hospice Chaplain. Mos of our patients still want to see me, even though I have to wear a mask and gloves. I am reaching out more to those families that have lost loved ones to see how they a faring through this. Personally, I am going to use this time to rededicate myself to better health. My goal is to get up early to work out with my workout group, via ZOOM. I will eventually work up to five workout meetings a week. I still get to work from the office for now, but am set up at home if I need to work from home. I do need to continue to hear your helpful and much needed words of encouragement. Stay healthy and be blessed and Thank you!
Living to Serve Others,
Dennis

Shelly Cole - April 02 2020

Hi Barbara, as usual, you offer relevant and thoughtful information. We all thank you for that!

Personally, what makes such a difference for me, including reducing any anxieties that I might feel, is prayer. I understand that not everyone believes in God, and I’m in no way trying to push something onto anyone. But I personally will be praying for our country and our leaders.

I truly hope that everyone stays safe. Bless you Barbara for what you do!

Valeria Morahan - April 02 2020

We are facing the reality of my stepson dying before the isolation restrictions here in Australia are lifted. We can currently have 10 at a funeral…which translates to 7 once we count the celebrant and two funeral staff.

I fear my husband will grieve twice and feel anger twice; being cheated his son’s ;life and a decent funeral. I am exploring what the Crematorium can do re online access for mourners and also how he would feel about a delayed wake. :(

Pamela Harper - April 02 2020

Thank you, Barbara. We are all in this together.

Pamela Harper - April 02 2020

Thank you, Barbara. We are all in this together.

Judy Lengieza - March 31 2020

Dear Barbara, I have spent the past 10 days on home quarantine due to a respiratory illness, it has come to me that those families who have lost a family member in the past 6 months may be struggling to get through this pandemic alone for the first time. I have asked our bereavement team to reach out to them sooner rather than later. I have also thought that those families of patients dying of COVID 19 May never have the benefit of the Hospice team surrounding them with strength and comfort. I look forward to being able to help in even a small way. (Back to work Monday). Thank you for all of your comforting words and insight

Barbaraberck - March 31 2020

Don’t forget the closets, drawers and cupboards!!

Make time for fresh air and exercise.

Lili Mullins - March 31 2020

Dear Barbara. I have been your friend and you my mentor as I have navigated my career as a hospice nurse for 12 years. I handed out your booklets in the Dallas Ft Worth area hundreds of times. Those booklets were some families affirmative that they were doing what is best. I am now retired.
Your insights today are so on point for me too. I have anxiety about these times. My garden , chickens, horses and dogs are my comfort/distraction during the day until my husband comes into the main area after home officing all day. Our time together becomes so precious.
Please keep the insights coming. I think this is going to be a long haul.
Warmest regards, Lili

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