First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

We are a church of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors

Health Ministries Information

Health Ministries Mission Statement

"The Mission of the Health Ministries Team is to serve humanity and spread God's love by improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of those in our First United Methodist Church Gilford/Laconia community and the community at large."

Kathy Smith RN, is the First UMC Faith Community Nurse.

The role of a Faith Community/Parish Nurse is to provide intentional care of the spirit along with expert nursing knowledge to promote wholistic health and prevent or minimize illness.

A Faith Community Nurse is a 
Integrator of Faith and Health, Health Counselor, Health Educator, 

Health Advocate, Liaison, Volunteer Coordinator

Contact Information

Faith Community Nurse, Kathrine Smith RN
Office Hours by Appointment
Nursing Phone Number: 603-524-1330 - Church Office: (603) 524-3289

PO Box 7408, 18 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH 03247

How to Handle Guilt and 
Other Caregiving Emotions


Taking care of a loved one with an illness or disability can stir up some complicated emotions. You may have great days when you feel a deep sense of fulfillment and connection. And hard days, filled with guilt, grief, or anger. You might even have conflicting feelings, like love and resentment, at the same time. It can be challenging, and if you don’t pay attention, it’ll wear you down.
No two caregiving experiences are the same. What triggers one person may not be an issue for another. You have your own relationship to your loved one, rich and complex with your shared history. So it’s important to know there’s no formula for what you’ll feel or when. And there are no feelings you “should” or “shouldn’t” have. Emotions just arise whether you want them to or not.

To give the best care you can, it helps to know the kinds of feelings that might come up, how to recognize them, and what you can do to manage them.

What You Might Feel
Many people have these challenging feelings, at least sometimes. And these emotions can show up in different ways, day to day.

Anger and resentment.
From being unappreciated to feeling trapped, caregiving stress can set off your anger. You might lose your temper or blurt out something that you normally wouldn’t.
What you can do: If it happens, forgive yourself. Step away if you need to, or take a few breaths to center yourself.

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Summers Coming

With spring in full force, the trees and flowers are budding and the bugs are out. So protect yourself from the sun, bugs, and working your body too hard. Wear sunscreen even on cloudy days and wear protective clothing. Use Insect repellent for mosquitoes and especially ticks.

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Protect Yourselves this Summer

    Spring is here and summer is coming fast. Don’t forget outdoor safety. Be sure to pro- tect yourself from tick and mosquito bites; Lyme disease is on the rise and there are other bugs that are being transferred by ticks. Mosquito’s also can carry viruses and bacteria that can be deadly or make you very sick.

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