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A life transition can be positive or negative, planned or unexpected.

Some transitions happen without warning, and they may be quite dramatic, as in cases of accidents, death, divorce, job loss, or serious illness. Other life transitions come from positive experiences such as getting married, going away to college, starting a new job, moving to a new city, or giving birth to a child. Even though […]

Coping Skills During Life Transitions

Life transitions are often difficult, but they have a positive side, too. They provide us with an opportunity to assess the direction our lives are taking. They are a chance to grow and learn. Here are some ideas that may help make the process rewarding.


Accept that change is a normal part of life. […]

Managing Difficult Life Transitions

Life is a process of beginnings and endings. In both life and nature, there are times when things move slowly and don’t seem to change very much. Then, suddenly, things change quickly. Moving from August to September, the weather changes gradually at first, and then it seems that suddenly summer is over. It is the […]

Stress is Toxic

The problem with stress is that it is a physical and emotional reaction to a problem or series of problems that can, when dwelt upon, seem like all of life. When we direct our energies only toward coping with stress, crises and plugging holes our bodies remain in a heighten state. This is very dangerous […]

Corrosion and Stress

Several years ago my travels took me to Greece. I wanted to see for myself some of the “Seven Wonders” of the ancient world which I had read about and studied as a boy. I was interested in seeing the “Acropolis” in Athens, Greece and the “Colossus of Rhodes” on the Greek Island of Rhodes. […]

Dealing with the Death of a Child

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Dealing with the Death of a Child

It is said that the worst thing that can befall a parent is the death of their child. It certainly seems to be reflected in the alarmingly high divorce rate among parents who have lost a child. Divorce is not inevitable and […]

Helping your children deal with stress, grief, and trauma

Dr Dan for Today Helping your children deal with stress, grief, and trauma Today’s national tragedy has all of us experiencing a wide range of emotions and concerns. Throughout this paper, minister and counselors have offered their perspective on this tragedy and suggested a course of action for us as adults. Children, too, experience grief, […]

Taking Courage in Times of Crisis

By Daniel W. Trathen, D. Min. Ph. D.

During the Revolutionary War, Thomas Paine wrote The Crisis. It was circular designed to stir the reader to become outraged against the oppression of the British and unite in their quest for freedom and independence. It is in this short essay that we find the famous quote, […]