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[07/15/13]   Tips for Helping Kids Cope with Loss

February 5, 2013 Leave a comment
By: Jennifer Thew, RN, BSN, MSJ.
Jennifer has a background in neuroscience and has a great appreciation for the work of hospice nurses.

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One of my earliest memories is attending my great-grandfather’s funeral. I remember the funeral home’s gold curtains (it was the 1970s), exactly where the guest book was placed and that we sat in the front row during the memorial service. It’s not a frightening or sad memory, just a clear image in my mind.

Recently, I asked my mother how old I had been when he died. She said about 2 1/2.

Children of all ages are likely to experience loss in their lives. A friend may move away, or a pet, grandparent or parent may die. Death and loss are often difficult for adults to discuss with other adults, and when it comes to talking with kids it’s tempting to avoid the subject altogether. After all, aren’t kids too young to understand loss? Won’t talking about it upset them even more?

Actually, The Hospice Foundation of America advises parents to be open and honest with children about loss. It says by guiding children through the grieving process, adults can teach children how to cope with a loss.

Unsure of what to do or say? Here’s some guidance for parents who feel, well, at a loss, when it comes to dealing with loss.

Be honest

When my friend was 12, her mother developed breast cancer. She knew her mom was sick and undergoing treatment. But, when her mother passed away during a hospital stay, she was shocked. She thought it would be like the other admissions and her mom would come back home. She didn’t realize how sick her mom was because no adult had explained it to her.

As a registered nurse, I’ve seen this scenario more than once. Hoping to protect others from grief, family members don’t paint a realistic picture of a patient’s prognosis. Sometimes this means a family member doesn’t get to say goodbye before a patient passes and important words are left unsaid, which actually causes more grief.

If someone’s health is declining, don’t be afraid to share that with your children. It allows them to ask questions, to start getting prepared for loss and to say the things they want to say. They’ll be able to take comfort in that for the rest of their lives.

Say, ‘I don’t know’

Kids are full of questions, but adults don’t always have the answers. And that’s OK. Some parents are able to draw on spiritual beliefs to help answer the “Where do people go when they die?” question.

Still, kids have a knack for throwing out uncomfortable questions.

Instead of struggling to make up answers, be honest with your child, according to the University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension’s fact sheet “Helping Children Cope With Death.”

Saying “I don’t know, honey. What do you think?” can help children voice their own ideas about death and loss. You may be surprised to find they have their own ideas that they find comforting.

Cultivate outlets

Though more than a decade has passed since her father’s death, Sarah Canga-Arguelles, 28, of Crystal Lake, Ill., says she still writes him letters from time-to-time, something she started doing right before he passed.

Today, her letters continue to give him a voice, “I think, if he was here maybe this is what he’d tell me to do.” After her father passed, writing journal entries and poetry and taking up photography helped Canga-Arguelles cope. “It helped me find a voice for what I was going through,” she said.

Encouraging kids to find an outlet for their feelings, whether it’s writing, art or sports, can help them process their loss.

As a nurse, you’ve undoubtedly had to help a child cope with loss? Please use the comments box to share your tips and/or advice for others.

[07/15/13]   Many people don't know that there is an entire court system whose job it is to remove elder civil rights. Anyone can apply for guardianship over an "incapacitated" adult, and many guardians have no qualifications. Background checks aren't often performed. The guardian has complete control over everything in the elder's life, including choice of visitors, medications, living situations. All of the elders assets are now in their control. Wills, health directives, trusts, and power of attorney established before incapacitation are routinely ignored or changed.

This human trafficking of the elderly must stop! For more information, visit NASGA, the National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse........................................................................................................................................................................................Frankie's Senior Care: 479-226-1476

[07/15/13]   Every day, the civil rights of elders are taken away in special probate courts set up for that purpose. A team of lawyers, judges and doctors, appoint a guardian with COMPLETE control and OWNERSHIP of a HUMAN being. The elder becomes a ward isolated from family members, medicated. In "the best interest of the ward" anyone who tries to complain will be forbidden from seeing their loved one. In most cases, all of the ward's hard earned assets--houses, cars, and treasured belongings-- are sold off and bank accounts and trusts are depleted. Then the team dumps the elder in a nursing home to be cared for by our tax dollars. This court system is virtually impenetrable.

If a family tries to sue to get their loved one back, the guardian-- using the WARD's estate-- can hire a defense attorney to battle them. If you call the police, they will say they have no jurisdiction over a probate court. Anyone you call will say that. The Guardian, judge, and lawyers involved are protected from prosecution by the court. This is a corrupt closed system that is a virtual petri dish for criminal activity.

The U.S. Government Accountability studied this system that has been put in place to care for the elders deemed as "incapacitated." Here are a few examples of what they found:

A Texas couple, ages 67 and 70, were declared mentally incompetent and placed in a nursing home after the husband broke his hip. Under the care of court-appointed guardians, their house went into foreclosure, their car was repossessed, their electricity was shut off, and their credit was allowed to deteriorate. The couple was allegedly given a $60 monthly allowance and permitted no personal belongings except a television."

"Public guardians appointed to care for an 88-year-old California woman with dementia allegedly sold the woman’s properties below market value to buyers that included both a relative of the guardian and a city employee. One of the public guardians also moved the ward into various nursing homes without notifying family members, who had to call the police to help them find their relative. The woman developed bed sores during this time that became so serious her leg had to be amputated at the hip".

"In Arizona, court-appointed guardians allegedly siphoned off millions of dollars from their wards, including $1 million from a 77-year-old woman whose properties and personal belongings, such as her wedding album, were auctioned at a fraction of their cost."

These abuses are happening in every state. Let the Government know that this must stop!.........................................................................................................................................................................................Frankie's Senior Care: 479-226-1476

[07/15/13]   Should you call Adult Protective Services to protect an elder who lives at home (and owns it?) “If the real intentions of APS was to protect vulnerable adults or the elderly, the streets are full of homeless people of all ages who need help. These agencies step over these individuals to get to those who have assets and who can be exploited for profit”. Quote: Linda Kincaid, Elder Advocate, California.......Frankie's Senior Care : 479-226-1476

[07/15/13]   VA Writes Letters to US Veterans: 2nd Amendment Rights Revoked Per 2013 NDAA

Susanne Posel
Occupy Corporatism
February 22, 2013

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Michael Connelly, executive director of the United States Foundation, says that US veterans are now receiving letters from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regarding the disarmament of those former service men and women under the guise that they are in a questionable physical or mental condition because of their exposure to combat situations.

The letter goes on to say: “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub.L.No. 103-159, as implemented at 18, United States Code 924(a)(2).”

Without “specifics on the reasons for the proposed finding of incompetency” the VA is determining that veterans are incompetent. Disregarding due process and the US Constitution, the VA has begun to disarm American citizens under their control.

In December of 2012, before President Obama signed the 2013 fiscal Year National Defenses Authorization Act (NDAA), the Senate, as part of a defense cuts proposal is an amendment to curb the rights of US veterans to access guns. Senator Tom Coburn would like for the veterans deemed “mentally incompetent” to have the Department of Veterans Affairs decide that they would have their 2nd Amendment rights revoked and not be able to purchase or possess firearms.

Coburn said to the Senate: “We’re not asking for anything big. We’re just saying that if you’re going to take away the Second Amendment rights … they ought to have it adjudicated, rather than mandated by someone who’s unqualified to state that they should lose their rights.”

The Coburn amendment #3109 states that in order “to protect the Second Amendment rights of veterans” they must be deemed mentally competent so they may retain their right to bear arms.

According to Chapter 55, Title 38 of the US Code (Section 5503): “In any case arising out of the administration by the Secretary of laws and benefits under this title, a person who is mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness shall not be considered adjudicated as a mental defective under subsection (d)(4) or (g)(4) of section 922 of title 18 without the order or finding of a judge, magistrate, or other judicial authority of competent jurisdiction that such person is a danger to himself or herself or others.”

This amendment is part of a package of additions to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Coburn said to the Senate: “We’re not asking for anything big. We’re just saying that if you’re going to take away the Second Amendment rights — they ought to have it adjudicated, rather than mandated by someone who’s unqualified to state that they should lose their rights.”

Senator Charles Schumer retorted: “I love our veterans; I vote for them all the time, they defend us. But if you are mentally ill, whether you’re a veteran or not, just like if you’re a felon, if you’re a veteran or not, and you have been judged to be mentally infirm, you should not have a gun.”

In 2011, Senator Richard Burr introduced The Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act that mirrors the assertions of Coburn with respect to restricting the rights of veterans to their 2nd Amendment based on mental health.

Coburn explained that veterans returning to society may “have their day in court if you are going to take away a fundamental right given under the Constitution” yet downplayed the 2nd Amendment as not inherent.

Dan Gross, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence pointed out that veterans that could not “manage their own affairs” due to a “disability” and are “deemed unable to handle [their] own affairs . . . likely constitute[ed] a high percentage of people who are dangerously mentally ill.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs released a study that found nearly 250,000 returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and could become violent and a danger to society.

Last year, Obama signed an executive order (EO) entitled, “Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families” with the supposed focus on strengthening “support for the emotional and mental health needs of our service members and their families.”

In this EO, Obama takes control over the evaluation of the mental health of our returning service men and women by providing US government controlled “effective mental health services for veterans, service members, and their families.” Obama is authorizing the coordination of the Departments of Veterans and the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense to “transition” veterans back into “civilian life”.

Keeping in line with touting all veterans as mentally defective, substance abusers and suicidal, Obama demands that the VA and the DoD collaborate to provide proactive measures and a psychiatric pre-screen of returning service men and women to prevent erratic behavior. The DoD will “review all existing mental health and substance abuse prevention, education and outreach programs” within the military services and access their effectiveness.

During a private “roundtable” discussion at Fort Bliss in Texas, Obama met with members of the military and addressed active duty troops. The Obama administration’s focus is on identifying and “providing additional support” to soldiers who have been diagnosed with “post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)”.

Previously, the DoD have come out publicly to state that US veterans suffering from TBI and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) are considered potentially violent and dangerous.

Doctors for the DoD claim CTE is an incurable disease soldiers may develop after having injured their brain in battle. CTE is explained as causing large bursts of anger and depression while having their vital motor skills and memory impacted; as well as being degenerative of whose effects can manifest themselves days, months or years after the initial trauma.

The DoD is tracking soldiers diagnosed with TBI/CTE because, according to the US government agency, they may display personality changes that could come on without warning and effect their ability to acclimate back into American society.

At Fort Detrick and Fort Bragg, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US military is conducting clinical trials on 2,000 solders to create a medical screen to detect a person’s propensity toward TBI/CTE by measuring biomarkers.

The Obama administration devised a report in 2011 entitled “Strengthening Our Military Families” that focuses on the mental stability of our US service men and women. It questions whether or not their exposure to battlefield conditions, TBI/CTE, and diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) is causing them to be a potential danger to society. Hidden under bureaucracy of promising to develop governmental systems to aid veterans, the document is directed at identifying all veteran’s potential to become mentally incapacitated due to some psychiatric disorder which would cause them to become violent, depressed, aggressive and inevitably dangerous to society.

The EO also allocates the US government-sponsored use of local community mental health clinics, community health centers, substance abuse treatment facilities, and rural health clinics to assist the DoD in identifying veterans who may be suffering from mental illness and would therefore have federal agencies working with private sector health providers to ensure veterans get the psychiatric help they need in “a timely way”. Obama has ordered 15 “pilot projects” to be established to create an integrated mental health system wherein the DoD would have complete oversight. The DoD would also be at the liberty of defining the parameters of the objective need of mental healthcare of veterans.

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs (SVA) will employ 800 peer counselors by 2013 that will be controlled and disseminated by the DoD under directives of the SVA. Collaborative tools and monetary oversight will remain with the SVA as an estimate 1,600 mental healthcare workers is expected to be needed to deal with the issue of mentally ill veterans nationally.

A National Research Action Plan will be established by May of 2013 that will be sponsored by the US government to use biomarkers for “early diagnosis and treatment” of veterans who tested positive for a propensity toward TBI/CTE. Obama wants to integrate electronic data sharing of information about veterans and their predetermined mental status between federal agencies, academia and state-sponsored research facilities to create pharmaceutical and psychiatric answers to this supposed burgeoning problem.

The goal of the Obama administration is to devise a “comprehensive longitudinal mental health study with an emphasis on PTSD, TBI, and related injuries” to identify mental health issues in veterans and enroll veterans in a long-term plan coordinated with the Department of Veteran Affairs which will be directed by the DoD.

The creation of a Task Force to advise Obama on how to deal with mental illness and veterans will be established within 180 days of the EO. This Task Force will alone define specific goals on how to best combat veterans alleged fall into mental illness with specific regard to TBI/CTE and post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD).

The US government’s goal is to identify these veterans and label them with a progressive, unstable and degenerative disease so that they can refer them to mental hospitals for further evaluation and/or admittance.

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