Services & Information

 

The Guiding Light Foundation
Guiding Light Foundation (GLF) is a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation serving those who call themselves “spiritual, but not religious.” All our Associates are certified in their respective fields. Our Associates serve the Long Island/New York City and Tri State areas along with the South Bend Indiana area. We also are available to travel to your particular destination.

 

Our Associates are available for the following services:

• Memorial & Funeral Services •

• Essential Self-care Workshops •

• Keynote Speaking Engagements •

• Spiritual Coaching & Counseling •

• Hospital / Hospice Visits •

• Corporate Chaplaincy •

• Baby Naming / Baby Blessing •

• Blessing of the Fleet •

• Practical Spirituality Workshops •

 

Certified Associates:

• Rev. Karen Gigante, Interfaith Chaplain •

• Rev. Kathleen Caputo, Interfaith Chaplain •

• Rev. Kathryn E. Yates, Interfaith Chaplain •

• Rev. Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D., D.D. •

• Rev. Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D., D.D. •

• Dr. Barbara Gulbranson, Interfaith & Hospice Chaplain •

 

Affiliates:

• Rev. Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D., D.D. •

• Rev. Ann B. Ciumei, Interfaith Chaplain •

• Ms. Anne Catherine Denning, RsP •

• Rev. Joyce Heist, RsP •

• Ms. Michelle Sharabi, RsP •

Memorials & Funerals

Memorial and Funeral Services

Dr. Janine H. Burns and the Associates of the Guiding Light Foundation offer “Celebration of Life” memorial and funeral services. We do internments and cremation ceremonies along with burials at sea. Our services provide consolation, comfort and strength and are offered in a loving and soothing fashion. We are dedicated to providing a respectful and personalized funeral service to honor your loved one. Our licensed Interfaith Chaplains are compassionate and caring and will follow your wishes as well as those of the decedent. Your beliefs and values are paramount in the process of creating a memorial that you will always hold dear to your heart. Few people are comfortable talking about funerals, and planning one in the midst of grieving can feel overwhelming. Whether you prefer a spiritual service, or are seeking a more traditional or even nonsectarian approach, our heartfelt services will capture the essence of the decedent to celebrate their life.

A beautiful tribute to your loved one uses words to paint a picture through reminiscing, sharing anecdotes, telling stories and talking about the many aspects of the person’s life. This includes their family, friends along with their interests and unique qualities. Our Associates will collaborate with you so your loved one’s character and the rich pattern of their life can be captured. “Celebration of Life” ceremonies are typically scheduled about three days after the passing of your loved one to suit the convenience and needs of the family. Memorials are usually offered between one and six months out. With air fare travel expenses at an all time high more and more families are choosing to provide memorial services. Each of the Associates of the Guiding Light Foundation are committed to excellence in presenting our services. Each is trained in providing affirmative prayer as well as offering techniques for stress reduction. And, with a combined experience of over 60 years, we have a proven track record of being a source of strength and compassion at this very important time in a family’s life.

Breathing Techniques to Reduce Stress

Breathing Techniques to Reduce Stress

 

Breathing is the bodies’ built-in stress reliever. It has been scientifically proven to affect your digestion, immune system, heart and brain. According to Dr. Mladen Golubic, of the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Integrative Medicine, breathing can have a profound impact on both your physiology and health. Esther Sternberg of the National Institute of Mental Health has found that deep breathing shifts the body out of the control of the sympathetic nervous and into the parasympathetic mode. This is a calmer state that also curbs stress hormones such as cortisol.

 

Utilizing the following Breathing Techniques will increase your oxygen intake. This will naturally promote the body’s relaxation response. Start slowly and go easy when beginning these breath techniques. If you go too quickly you may feel light headed or dizzy. If so, simply stop the technique and sit down for a moment until you feel centered then try again. Please note: Consult your MD before beginning any Breathing Exercises.

1) Pursed Lip Breathing to stabilize breathing:

Stand with your feet placed shoulder width apart and consciously relax your neck and shoulder muscles. Breathe in slowly through your nose for 3 or 4 counts (count 1, 2, 3, 4). Purse your lips as if you were going to whistle and touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your teeth. Breathe out slowly and gently through your pursed lips for twice as long as it took you to breathe in. Allow the air escape naturally; don't force the exhale. This may feel awkward, but continue until your breathing is naturally even.

 

2) “Sah” Breathing to rapidly reduce tension:

Stand with you feet slightly apart and tighten the buttock muscles. Place your palms upon your thighs. Pull your stomach in and squeeze these muscles tightly. Inhale deeply through the mouth. Hold your breath as you gently lower your chin to your chest and tighten and tense your entire body. Slowly raise your chin up and forward as you exhale, forcefully making the sound “sah,” while relaxing the body. Start with five repetitions and notice how you feel. Continue the “sah” Breath until you are noticeably relaxed.

 

3) Kundalini Breathing to bring physical energy:

Stand with your feet placed shoulder width apart and your knees slightly bent. Relax the jaw and open your mouth widely. Begin by raising both arms above your head as you inhale through your mouth slowly, deeply and fully. Immediately and quickly exhale through your mouth as you bring your arms down to shoulder height. Inhale immediately as you raise your arms. Quickly exhale through your mouth as your bring your arms down to shoulder height. Repeat for three minutes starting at a slow pace, increasing speed and intensity as you progress.

 

Essential Self-Care Workshops

Background

Professional Caregivers such as Doctors, Nurses, Funeral Directors, Assisted Living and Social Workers all provide incredible health and personal benefits to individuals and families throughout the world. From helping patients and families cope with health challenges, to assisting the elderly or providing support with end of life services, these Professional Caregivers offer dignity and respect to those whom they serve. The GLF offers a Professional Caregivers Program to assist those professionals in managing compassion fatigue and stress.

 

Workshops Focus and Need

Professional Caregivers, day in and day out, are deeply involved in a working environment where they must manage challenges and crisis. Inevitability these circumstances and the environment in which they work constantly presents great pressure and sometimes heart wrenching, emotional challenges. This creates much stress, and Compassion Fatigue can often occur, diminishing the superb service, attitude and commitment of these Professional Caregivers. Sufferers of stress, Compassion Fatigue, or Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder can exhibit several symptoms including: consistent stress and anxiety, apathy and sadness, compulsive behaviors, chronic physical ailments, a sense of hopelessness, mentally and physically tired, being pre-occupied and having a negative attitude. This can result in a lack of confidence and self-doubt, difficulty focusing, and a decrease in productivity.

 

Workshop Goals

To teach authentic, ongoing Essential Self-care techniques to assist Professional Caregivers such as Doctors, Nurses, Funeral Directors, professional Hospice caregivers, Assisted Living providers and Social Workers to better cope with Compassion Fatigue and stress by utilizing mental/emotional, physical, spiritual and interactive approaches.

 

Workshop Specifics

The workshop is two hours in length and focuses upon mental, emotional and physical approaches for managing Compassion Fatigue. The workshop includes a presentation and interaction of the participants. Specific handouts will be distributed at workshop sessions.

 

Other Workshop Details

Presenters: Rev. Dr. Janine H. Burns, Interfaith Chaplain, Director of the Guiding Light Foundation and GLF Associates: Rev. Karen Gigante, Interfaith Chaplain and Rev. Kathleen Caputo, Interfaith Chaplain.

 

Final Comments

A program entitled “Managing Compassion Fatigue” for Volunteers and Family Caregivers and Friends of Hospice Patients is also available. This program could be offered on an individual or group basis. All of the Associates would be pleased to meet with you, at your convenience, to further discuss this proposal and these Essential Self-Care Workshops. For further information and to arrange a workshop, please contact Dr. Janine Burns at 516-909-0103.
Counseling & Coaching

Dr. Janine H. Burns and the Certified Associates of the Guiding Light Foundation support you in uncovering and expressing your true potential. We use a compassionate, non-judgmental approach to coaching and offer specific techniques and skills to help create a more rewarding, peaceful, productive and prosperous life experience.

Each of our Associates is skilled in teaching Essential Self-care along with stress relief techniques. Each is qualified to provide positive prayer. We can support you in achieving:

 

• Reduced stress and anxiety by utilizing breathing techniques •

• Peace of mind through forgiveness •

• Greater self-esteem •

• Authentic and loving relationships •

• Practical spirituality skills to create a fulfilling life •

How does it work?

Please contact the Guiding Light Associate of your choice for coaching packages and pricing. Our Associates offer both face-to-face sessions or via Skype or telephone making this service convenient and available to anyone, in any location. Although these services are not covered by insurance, donations made to the Guiding Light Foundation are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided.

Suggested Reading

Reading Lists for Managing Grief

"How To Survive The Loss of A Love" by Melba Colgrove, PhD.

"Grief Healing Techniques: Step-By-Step Support for Working Through Grief and Loss" by Calistoga Press

"Good Grief: Rituals for Dealing with Grief" by Elaine Childs-Gowell, ARNP, PhD

"Living With Grief: Before And After The Death" edited by Kenneth J. Doka

"Overcoming Loss: A Healing Guide" by Dr. Rita Freedman

"Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die" by Jon Katz

"On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss” by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying" by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss" by Sameet M. Kumar, PhD

"Path to Peace: A Guide to Managing Life After Losing a Loved" by Angie Ransome-Jones

"Stepping Stones to Grief Recovery" edited by Deborah Roth

Reading Lists for Self Empowerment

"The Universe is Calling" by Eric Butterworth

"Handle with Prayer" by Alan Cohen

"There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem" by Wayne W. Dyer

"Getting Results from Prayer" by Emmet Fox

"Practicing the Presence" by Joel Goldsmith

"How to Attract Your Soul Mate: The Secrets of Lasting Love" by Barbara Gulbranson

"Live Your Joy: How to Awaken from Spiritual Slumber" by Barbara Gulbranson

"You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay

"When Did You Die?: 8 Steps to Stop Dying Every Day and Start Waking Up" by Temple Hayes

"This Thing Called You" by Ernest Holmes

"Your Redefining Moments: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be" by Dennis Merritt Jones

"Dynamic Laws of Prayer" by Catherine Ponder

"Obvious Power: Getting to Know-How" by Harry Morgan Moses

"The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" by Joseph Murphy

"The Power of Prayer" by R. A. Torrey

"The Energy of Prayer: How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice" by Thich Nhat Hanh

"In the Sanctuary of the Soul" Paramahansa Yogananda

"Coming Out To Ourselves Admitting, Accepting and Embracing Who We Truly Are" by Rev. Jerry D. Troyer