Kelly Hanson, MA
Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Specialist
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brown
Let me introduce myself. I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend. During the day, I can be found as a bereavement specialist, a Cub Scout Den leader, a Sunday School teacher, a school volunteer. I spend my days cooking, cleaning and running taxi for my family.
Sometimes events touch your life in a way that you will always remember - where you were, when it happened and the people that were with you.
Kelly Hanson, MA, Bereavement Specialist
It is truly special to me how our life experiences shape us into the people we are meant to be. My journey to becoming a bereavement specialist at Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services is an example of this. Here is my story.
Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Services just wrapped up its 18th Annual Kids Survival Kamp in mid-June. Through the generosity of the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, we are able to offer Kids Kamp to grieving families completely free of charge.
When I came to intern at Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Center, I didn’t know what to expect. Before starting my internship, I didn’t have any experience working with bereavement, and to be honest I wasn’t sure what bereavement was.
The other day, my four-year-old daughter and I were running errands in the car. There was nothing out of the ordinary about this day. My daughter was sitting in the back of the car, happily talking away to me, sharing anything and everything she could think of.
I love yoga. One of the concepts that my yoga teacher discusses is the idea of Chakras or energy centers. One of these is the Heart Chakra. I have been focusing on this Chakra lately.
Thinking about a subject for the November article, the clear topic that comes to mind is the many things that I am thankful for. On my list are the obvious things - my family, friends, faith, job, and the list could go on and on consuming this entire article if I let it.
Autumn is the most beautiful time of the year. Mother Nature begins to show all her magnificent colors. The days get shorter, the nights get cooler and the smell of fall is in the air. Mother Nature is inviting you to slow down and bask in all its glory.