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Just Released—An Innovative Resource for Caregivers

November 18, 2015

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Daily Inspirations for Caregivers: Encouragement and Insight for Family and Friends allows caregivers to start every day well with beautifully-crafted, artfully-worded messages that arrive by personalized email first thing in the morning.

Each individual Inspiration is composed of one of four formats: a one- to two-minute video, a two- to three-minute audio, a one-page writing including an image from nature, and a photo-thought—a memorable quotation combined with a striking photograph. Each Inspiration has been prepared to display equally well on a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone.

If you’re a family caregiver, you’ll be led to begin your day in an encouraged and hopeful frame of mind. These Inspirations are designed to give you positive energy, both for your caregiving duties and your other daily responsibilities. Just as important, your lifted spirits can positively affect the one in your care.

As you learn from the experiences of other caregivers, you’ll become better informed and feel more confident. You’ll discover how to experience meaning and fulfillment in this significant role of yours. Ultimately you’ll become more open to the possibilities and joys that can be found in your days.

As an example of how that can happen, find one of the inspirational videos here.

Listen to one of the informative audios here.

Read one of the thoughtful writings especially for caregivers here.

View one of the photo-thoughts here.

If you’re a professional in a healthcare practice or a health-related organization, you can encourage and empower all those caregivers who are your clients, either directly or indirectly. You’ll promote improved health and healing all the way around.

You can subscribe to a 14-day free trial of Daily Inspirations for Caregivers: Encouragement and Insight for Family and Friends here.

You can purchase a full-year subscription for $24.95 for yourself or for a friend or family member here.

For additional information, please call 260.490.2222.

Willowgreen’s New Affiliate Program

November 18, 2015

 

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You can now provide meaningful long-term help to family caregivers and grievers easily, quickly, and inexpensively.

How easily? With a few keystrokes on your computer.

How quickly? Less than a minute of your time per individual.

How long term? Eight months of help for grievers, a full year for caregivers.

How inexpensively? As little as 4¢ a day.

Share beautiful and meaningful video, audio, and written resources, delivered by personalized email, as a way of supplementing your own presence. Insure support and encouragement day and night, whenever it’s convenient for those you’re concerned about. Deliver positive messages wherever these people are, via a computer, tablet, or smartphone—all are equally effective.

Here’s how it works:

Once you enter a subscriber’s name on the administrative panel we set up for you on our password-protected server, they’ll begin to receive their emailed helps the very next day. Offer 100 Healing Messages and a short, thoughtful video about a specific, progressive aspect of grief will arrive like clockwork every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. Give a Daily Inspirations subscription to family caregivers and a video, an audio, a writing, or a photo-thought will be sent each morning for one full year.

When you join our Affiliate Program (at no cost), you are eligible to purchase either or both of these innovative services at wholesale rates.

Individual subscriptions normally sell for $24.95. As an affiliate, you’ll be able to purchase your first ten for $149.95, or $14.99 each—that’s 40% off. All additional subscriptions cost even less—$13.95. And that’s only the beginning.

You’ll also receive a free mini-library—either on caregiving or on grief—of Jim Miller’s popular books, signed by the author. Over time you’ll also receive notification of additional special discounts and offers, available only to affiliate members.

Both the Caregiving Series and the Grief Series have two plans. Each basic plan offers 10 subscriptions at 40% off plus a set of free books for $149.95. That’s about half the normal cost. The advanced option is for groups and organizations that provide—or wish to provide—support group services either to family caregivers or to grievers. This plan includes all that’s included in the basic plan plus two free books written for facilitators as well as three different DVDs for use in guiding meetings, also at wholesale pricing. This plan costs $249.95.

Join either or both of the Affiliate Programs and you’ll receive another free resource:

a Powerpoint-like presentation complete with speaker’s notes or a 46-page guide for using a particular Willowgreen DVD in a support group setting.

Call 260.490.2222 to learn all the details and to sign up today.

Select this link to download a printable PDF file that explains the program in detail.

Photography: A Key Element in the Willowgreen Message

December 12, 2012

by: Cat Voors, Business Administrator

interview_1Regardless of the extent of your knowledge of Willowgreen products, you have probably seen some of the extensive photographic library created by Willowgreen President and Owner James Miller. The following is a brief discussion with him as a photographer.

C:  Beautiful nature photography is such a strong element of nearly everything that Willowgreen does. When did you become a photographer?

J:  I had a Brownie Hawkeye as a boy and a Kodak Instamatic as a young man, but I didn’t become serious about photography until I was 30.

C:  How did that happen?

J:  There was an avid amateur photographer in the congregation where I was minister. He kept telling me that I should buy a good camera because he thought I had an eye for photography but I couldn’t begin to afford one. Realizing that, he and his wife gave me a new Nikon camera as a surprise birthday present.

C:  That was very generous of them.

J:  Yes, indeed, though I learned afterward that they subsequently took that same amount of money out of their church pledge over a three year period.

C:  Did you undertake formal photography study right away?

J:  Remember: I’m a man and men don’t ask directions. I learned to photograph by reading on my own, by asking questions, and by watching how my friend photographed. Mostly I exposed a lot of film, and in doing so, I made a huge number of mistakes. Then I tried my best not to make those mistakes a second time.

C:  So many of your images are from nature. Why nature?

J:  I know of no more beautiful subject. Or more diverse. I also love just being out in nature, especially in early mornings and late evenings. Sometimes my camera around my neck is simply my excuse to explore the natural world, whether or not I make any images.

C:  So you use nature photography in your videos, books, and presentations because it’s pretty?

J:  Not really. I use images from nature because they’re interesting and informative, life-giving and life-enhancing. I also use such images because they’re undated—they never go out of style. A photo I made of a maple leaf forty years ago looks not a day older than a maple leaf that poses for my camera today. That helps my books and videos have a longer life visually.

C:  Are there any other reasons you concentrate on nature photography?

J: This is the real one: I like the way it’s possible to create images that hint at certain human emotions—joy or sorrow or love, for example—or certain human experiences—being in silence or going on a journey, for example—without making the subject so obvious by showing someone in tears or two people hugging, for instance. Such nature photography gives the viewer room to bring his or her own feelings and thoughts into the images. This is especially the case if there is accompanying music.

C:  How many images have you made through the years?

J:  I’ve never stopped to count. Hundreds of thousands easily. I can tell you that I commonly throw away five or ten for every one I keep. Today I have well over 100,000 photos on file.

C: How do you file so many images so you can find them readily?

J:  All my older images are slides and they’re filed in specially constructed metal cabinets with panels that pull out for easy viewing. You can see 100 slides at a time. When I went digital in 2002, I created a second complimentary system for digital images on a dedicated computer in my small studio.

C: What type camera do you use?

J:  I carry two identical DSLRs (digital single lens relexes) and a variety of interchangeable lenses. Which brand? I always say that any brand is good as long as it’s Nikon.

C:  How do you decide which images go with which words in your work?

J: There are several rules of thumb that I have developed through the years. This topic is complex enough that it needs its own separate interview.

C:  What are the responses to your photography that gratify you the most?

J:  I don’t expect people to rave about the beauty of what I’ve created. In fact, I think it’s easy for the viewer to be taken by the beauty and to miss the message. I like it when someone says, “I lost myself in that one particular image.” Or, “That succession of images led me deeper into myself—deeper into my feelings, or my memories, or my reflections.” I always feel I’ve done my job well when someone says, “Every time I watch that video I see something I haven’t seen before.”

C:  What is the single most memorable response you’ve ever known?

J:  I was leading an all-day workshop in Dayton, Ohio when a man came up to me during one of the breaks. He named one of my early videos and said he had watched it daily for many months after experiencing a traumatic loss in his life. Then he said to me, “Your photography and your narration saved my life. Without them I could not have gone on. I mean that literally.” Hearing his words and looking into his face as he spoke was both a very humbling and very gratifying experience.

C:  You’re a fortunate man.

J:  Without a doubt I am blessed to have found this sort of work to do—work for which I have had almost no training. I believe there is a deep sense in which I did not find this work but rather it found me.