Articles written by Lisa Noland

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  • Spring break-up and the stages of loss and grief

    Lisa Noland, Hospice of Anchorage|May 1, 2022

    Most Alaska residents really look forward to the time of year we call “break-up.” This is always in April and May. We can count on overnight temperatures being above freezing. We see colors moving through shades of gray and brown to lovely emersion of greens as the daylight extends and it’s warmer. We navigate through patches of ice and compact snow as we drive and walk places. We step through puddles that are seemingly everywhere. Alaskans in our area understand that break-up is a stage in time that will usher in the lushness of our summe...

  • Changing our mindset about Valentine's Day

    Lisa Noland, Hospice of Anchorage|Feb 1, 2022

    The last few years have been extra difficult for so many people in Alaska. These years have been hard for human beings all over the world due to the Pandemic. The reality of experiencing, or dread of experiencing, COVID-19 or one of its ensuing strains has been increasing the normal stresses of day-to-day life. Many of our friends and loved ones may also have a serious life-limiting illness. As you read this, you may be dealing with one yourself. Saint Valentine is known as the patron saint of beekeeping and epilepsy. This saint has had people...