Kristi Shaw, family care coordinator of Dixie Regional Medical Center’s Women’s and Children’s Services, provides grief counseling for families experiencing a loss. She said most people think of her job as a difficult undertaking, when, in reality, she said it’s a position she holds sacred.
DRMC’s program is called the Angel Watch Program, and Shaw said its mission is to help parents feel like they aren’t alone in their loss.
"A parent will never get over this kind of loss," Shaw said. "You define a new normal. You learn to move forward and keep that child who you lost with your family forever."
At a recent community lecture, a hospital volunteer was welcoming guests and handing out information for another upcoming event, “Do you have diabetes? Take this flyer. You’ll want to come to this,” she said. No one was offended by her question or acted embarrassed to take the paper. But, what if it was a flyer on depression? Would she ask the question in the same casual way? Would people still take it without hesitation?
Despite mainstream acceptance of depression as an illness with physiological, genetic, hormonal and environmental causes, it still holds a stigma not associat...
The way Emily Cook Dyches died made the headlines, but her husband wants to make sure people understand the way she lived. He is now using her legacy to help other mothers dealing with perinatal mood disorders.
“I was caught up in the beginning of making certain everybody knew that Emily did not choose to take her own life, but at this point it doesn’t matter,” explained Eric Dyches, Emily's husband, while surrounded by their children and her parents and siblings in their home in Salem.
“We want to end the stigma associated with suicide, mental illness and debilitating mood disorders,” he said.