Winter News

Dear Further Shore Friends,

Happy Ground Hog Day! Here in Kachina Village the snow is still deep. It is a great relief to have Wayne’s House in resting mode for the winter. The snow was so abundant and FROZEN that we would have been hard pressed to open those driveways in December or January. It looks like February and March may bring more moisture, a good thing for high deserts.

January is traditionally my Sabbatical time. This year I was able to create time for writing. I am working on both a book and a template to describe what I do for our TLC Clients. I believe I am a “Quality of Life Advocate” (Qu oLA pronounced like Koala Bear) We are gently assisting 5 TLC clients at this time. I am seeking an Assistant Koala Bear (training, flexible hours, hourly wage TBD). I am going to continue with the Sabbatical through the end of March. I am not offering private sessions during this time, but will place anyone on my Reiki list and make referrals if needed.

Beneath winter snow and ice, seeds are contemplating rebirth in the Spring. Plans are in the works to offer “First Weekend Retreats” from April through November. Facilitators and topics to be announced.

I will offer another MARATHON LLUMINATION Retreat and training in late April. There are currently 2 spots open for trainees, 2 or 3 spots open for Seekers. If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact me ASAP. I will not do the training with less than 4. (postponing until November if that is the case).

There is a Care Giver Support Group on February 10th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Loyalton. Facilitator is Michele Lytle. A wonderful opportunity to discuss care giver concerns in a quiet setting with snacks!

There will be a workshop for Seniors and Care Givers at the Adult Center on Friday, February 27th from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This NAGA/NACOG sponsored workshop is FREE and entitled: “The Gentle Gift of Comfort Care” ~ Learning when, where and how to find quality of life support during any stage in life. Panelists include Penny Cook, Marlene Letvin, Katy Montoya, Donna Cook, Aleia OReilly

Further Shore welcomes Frances and Marie to our Advisory Board. We would welcome at least 3 additional Advisory Board members for 2009. Please let me know if you have interest.

Our sympathy and compassion go to Penny as her father passed on December 17th. Penny has experienced several other clients and friends passing since then. Keep her in your prayers please.

Congratulations are in order on the birth of baby Sky born on December 29, 2008 to board members, Eliot and Janine.

I include here a link to Christie’s blog site. Her writing is amazing and I think that anyone who has faced serious medical conditions or is care giving will want to check it out. Note a heading called “Chain of Love.” Enjoy! http://sweetnotalways.blogspot.com/

Funds raised support our mission to provide education and resources for living well and dying with dignity. We offer support for understanding hospice and palliative care services, conscious transitions and healing grief. In 2008 we offered over over 1000 hours of advocacy, education, bedside support and therapy to our clients and the community at large. Visit our website at www.furthershore.org to make a donation.

May 2009 hold you all in health, prosperity and blessings immeasurable. With LOVE, Aleia

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