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Dr. Jason Troyer

Dr. Jason Troyer
Dr. Jason Troyer is a psychology professor, former counselor, grief researcher, speaker and consultant for businesses who want to better serve grieving families.

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Baseball, Boy Scouts and the Fear of Missing Out

June 25, 2020 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Finding Resilience

When I was a young teenager growing up in a medium-sized town in Iowa in the 1980s, I had two options for summer activities: Little League Baseball and my Boy Scout Troop. Baseball practice or games took up about three days a week for part of the summer. Scouts met weekly and I enjoyed one week per summer at camp. Even with an early morning paper route and a list of household chores from Mom, I still had plenty of time to ride my bike to the town swimming pool, play Nintendo in my friend’s basement and follow my older brother down to the crick (that’s a creek to some of you) to catch frogs, build forts and mess around. It was easy to not overschedule myself because my town simply didn’t have that many structured events in the summers.

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What I Wish Everyone Knew About Funeral Professionals During the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 21, 2020 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Featured, Finding Resilience

Earlier this year, I wrote about three things I wish everyone knew about funeral professionals. Shortly afterward, the Coronavirus pandemic arrived in the United States, disrupting nearly every aspect of everyday life – including funeral service. Watching dedicated funeral professionals respond to this crisis with creativity and compassion has inspired me to write a follow-up piece celebrating the hard work they continue to do to support families in their communities.

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What I Wish Everyone Knew About Funeral Professionals

February 14, 2020 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Featured, Finding Resilience

Funeral professionals work hard to be emotionally supportive for the bereaved, use their professional training to care for the deceased and create events that will begin healing. The people they serve are likely going through some of the toughest days of their lives. The last thing a funeral professional will do is complain about how difficult their job is.

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What Funeral Professionals Should Know About Loss and Family Dynamics

September 12, 2019 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Finding Resilience

I remember my counseling professor’s unique introduction to family systems theory. He argued that families are like duck ponds. A pond with a group of ducks is an ecosystem with multiple reciprocal relationships. If there is plenty of food for the ducks and they have a safe habitat, they will thrive. But cut the food supply, introduce new predators or drain the pond and you will see the duck population drop. Everything in the ecosystem is connected and any changes affect all the parts of the system. Furthermore, ecosystems like stability; sudden change is the most disruptive kind of change.

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What Funeral Professionals Should Know About Grieving Families

August 01, 2019 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Finding Resilience

Experienced funeral professionals understand that the families they serve are going through some of the most difficult times in their lives. People who are grieving can be under stress from many different causes, which can lead to breakdowns in communication, family conflict and more.

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Does Gratitude Really Make a Difference?

November 01, 2018 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Featured, Finding Resilience

Can you improve your mood through simple steps that take less than a minute a day? Research suggests the answer is, “yes!” Generally speaking, research suggests that regular gratitude can improve your mood and optimism.

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I’ll Bet You Could Write a Book

October 04, 2018 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Finding Resilience

Perhaps you have said it or maybe someone has said it to you: “I’ll bet you could write a book.” It’s true that funeral professionals have a unique place to view the parade of life go by. You hear family secrets, see what their homes look like at 3 a.m. and get to know the best and worst about the families in your community.

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Restore Balance: Read the “Thank You” Notes

August 30, 2018 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Finding Resilience

Like you, I have days when it seems like nothing is going my way and I can’t do anything right. If I am lucky I will remember to go to the “thank you” drawer. My drawer contains letters and cards from clients and students who took time to thank me for helping them.

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Can You Doodle Your Way to Productivity?

July 05, 2018 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Finding Resilience

Do you doodle? Have you purchased one of the millions of coloring books made specifically for adults that have sold in the last few years? I doodle occasionally. Garfield has made some appearances on my notes and random trees and bushes occasionally appear during a long presentation. And I pretend that I am coloring along with my young daughters, when I really just want to feel a crayon on paper.

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Your Mom Was Right: The Benefits of Handwritten Notes

May 03, 2018 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Finding Resilience

Every year since 1987, the United States Postal Service has conducted a study that examines the types of mail that U.S. households receive. In 2015, the average household only received one piece of personal correspondence (a card or letter from a person, not a business) every two weeks.

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