In the News
Mount Calvary is pleased to share with you the following upcoming events and links to articles about our cemetery.
Grief Support Tips – Nancy Weil on Network in Aging - Click Here To Watch
You Don't Have to Grieve Alone from Forever Young Magazine June, 2012
Mount Calvary is proud to support local organizations. At our spring Remembrance Service, we collected money and items for Mama Cindy's Soldier Program. Here is what she had to say:
Thank you so much for the donation of supplies and the monetary donation of $115. Four Care Packages were shipped to the hospital in Afghanistan. The 10th Mountain Combat Support Hospital Unit is now deployed there. All the DVD movies and magazines as well as personal care items were included in the packages shipped. A portion of the donation was used to cover the cost of shipping and the balance was used to purchase snacks to include in the movie packages. Thank you for your support of our troops!
Workshop provides laughter and stress relief for the Ho-Ho-Ho Holidays
Monday November 19, 2012
By:Kimberly Snickles, Cheektowaga Source News
They say laughter is the best medicine, and for a local grief counselor, it truly is. “When we know the health benefits of laughter, we need to incorporate them into our daily lives,” said Nancy Weil, creator of the Laugh Academy. “You don’t need a sense of humor to gain the benefits of laughter.”
As director of grief support at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga, Weil knows how difficult the holidays can be for people; whether it is losing a loved one, trying to make ends meet to buy gifts, or just feeling overwhelmed with activities, the holidays can bring a world of stress. That is why she developed a special workshop to help people laugh and cope throughout the season.
“There is just so much stress, and people don’t take care of themselves because they are doing, doing doing,” said Weil. “I just want to give them a little bit of rest so they can really enjoy those times during the holidays.”
Weil has been holding her Laugh Academy workshop for more than five years. She received her certification and training with the World Laughter Tour nearly 10 years ago and was simply fascinated by how laughing can change a person’s quality of life. Weil said laughter not only helps those in the grieving process, but it also helps with their health.
“After laughing your muscles aren’t tense, they feel alert and awake because the oxygen comes to your brain,” she said. “Laughter boosts your immune system and reduces stress to help you focus.” At the workshop, Weil aims to help the individual find out what they really want for the upcoming year; what are the individual’s dreams and goals? These exercises help people find answers to the questions that they probably weren’t thinking about.
She also uses the sound of laughter through movement to gain a forced laugh from the individuals, although the exercise ends up turning into genuine laughter. “I love running workshops for people, and I love that people actually use these tools. They incorporate them into their daily living and make these changes and become so much healthier,” said Weil.