It's Important to Preserve Your Family and Loved Ones (droughtstress4)

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Weathering Tough Times: It's Important to Preserve Your Family & Loved Ones

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Just as it was important on September 11, 2001, to call each family member and touch base with those you love, so it is with any type of crisis situation. The adverse weather conditions and facing the loss of crops, income, and potential livelihood is causing great stress for many of our Nebraska families. In many kitchens and coffee shops, discussions are being held debating whether or not farm families and businesses can survive one more year, yet alone one of the hardest hit years!

Times are tough, and those working with families can only sense their despair and grief. Little can be done to assist them except to pray for rain. And even if it would rain at this late date, most crops have been severely damaged. But there is one thing you can do. Remind those going through crisis that they still have family and friends. These significant people cannot be easily replaced. They make a difference to life. They help make the hardships in life more bearable; they help make the joys in life more celebratory. These are the people we wanted to bring near to us on September 11th. They are the people we want to spend time with, who make us feel special, and who we love, trust and respect. Our spouse or partner, our children, our parents and grandparents, our siblings, our aunts and uncles, our cousins, our nephews and nieces, our dear friends, our coworkers and neighbors must be included in our life. These relationships must be nurtured because these are the people who can help us look for the positive while in the midst of hardship.


  • Dr. Kathy Bosch, Extension Family Life Specialist, University of Nebraska Panhandle Research & Extension Center

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