by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. As the coronavirus spreads across North America and our daily lives are transformed, we all must be aware of the need for good mental-health care. Obviously, it’s a stressful time. Families are confined to their homes. School is canceled. Many businesses are closed. Workers are being laid off en masse, causing financial distress. And then there is the illness itself, COVID-19. Will we or someone we love become critically ill or even die? We are all naturally worried about the “what ifs” and “what nexts.” The youngest among us are not immune to all of [...]
What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? SAD is a form of depression also known as winter or seasonal depression. However, SAD is more than just “winter blues.” People with SAD experience symptoms similar to depression. The symptoms people experience can be very distressing and can interfere with daily functioning. Some of these symptoms include sleeping more, feelings of sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities which are usually enjoyed, decreased energy, decreased libido and irritability. Appetite may change too, with people tending to eat more. SAD can also be experienced in the spring or summer but it is less [...]
Grief doesn't just stop after a funeral or cremation service. Because the grieving process varies from individual to individual, we offer ongoing grief support. We invite you to read this article and contact us if you need help. You can call us at our White Plains location at 914-949-0566, at our Elmsford location at 914-592-6300, or by filling out our Contact Us form (select "Aftercare/Grief Support").
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 National Resources: Save.org Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Local Resources: Westchester County Suicide Prevention Center of New York
Lulu, a golden doodle, our newest staff member came to our Westchester County funeral home organization by way of Florida and has been trained for duty as our official Therapy Dog. Affectionately called the firm’s “Comfort Companion,” Lulu follows the lead of service dogs often used in health care settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes, and provides families with unconditional love and support, as well as a subtle distraction from their grief. A fixture at both funeral homes, Lulu is often seen lounging around the office and is only introduced to families upon their request. Although extremely friendly and [...]