Personal Growth


2022 Educational Program “Loss of a Loved One ~ Spouse, Partner, Significant Other” with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

In a continuance of the program series entitled “Loss of a Loved One“, Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW and Loretta Depka, Executive Director continued their discussions on the complex process of grieving highly personal losses. The topic discussed is the“Loss of a ~ Spouse, Partner or Significant Other“.    You can find The Starting Point’s YouTube […]

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Thought Of The Month May 2022 ~ “Gratitude, Love, and Service”

By Vince DiPasquale ______________________________________________________________________________ “You can’t give to others what you don’t have.” “Service is God’s gift to us so we can learn how to give and receive.” ______________________________________________________________________________ May is one of the most beautiful and special months of the year. It is the month of new birth, flowers, a time when everything comes […]

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2022 Educational Program “Loss of a Parent, Grandparent or Sibling’“; with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

In this program, Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW and Loretta Depka, Executive Director continued their discussions on the complex process of grieving. This particular topic is processing the loss of a Parent, Grandparent or Sibling. You can find The Starting Point’s YouTube channel here. Pat is a therapist who specializes in loss and grief, Pat Obst […]

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2022 Educational Program “Talk about complicated!” ; Author Keith Mason with Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

In the next educational program for 2022, author Keith Mason and Executive Director Loretta Depka discussed Keith’s complicated family-centered story in his new book “Please Stand Up.“   You can find The Starting Point’s YouTube channel here. JOIN THE AUTHOR’S ADVENTURE Keith Mason’s unique experience with an old video on the internet set him upon […]

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Announcing JUNE 2022 Podcast Schedule – 4 part series – “Loss of a Loved One” with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka

“Loss of a Loved One” … Life changes forever and you change forever. Your grief journey is shaped by the special relationship that you shared. In your Afterwards Journey, embracing your grief allows you to sit with it, listen to what it’s telling you, wrestle with the hard parts, learn about yourself, let go of […]

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Thought Of The Month April 2022 ~ “Balance and Service, the Secret of Life”

By Vince DiPasquale “Heaven is eternal – the earth endures. Why do heaven and earth last forever? They do not live for themselves only. This is the secret of their durability.” “For this reason the sage puts himself last and so ends up ahead. He stays a witness to life, so endures.” “Serve the needs […]

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2022 Educational Program “Doing Grief Well – “Tool Kit” Series; Part 1 with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

In the next part of the “Doing Grief Well” series, Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW and Loretta Depka, Executive Director continued their discussions on the complex process of grieving. This particular topic is Pat’s ” ‘Tool Kit’ Series; Part 1.”    You can find The Starting Point’s YouTube channel here. Pat is a therapist who specializes […]

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Thought Of The Month March 2022 ~ “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

By Vince DiPasquale As we enter the month of March, let’s take time to dedicate this month to the spirit of positive thinking. We spend too much time looking at what’s wrong. This month is a time of transition from the cold of winter to the beauty of spring. Let’s all of us examine our […]

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Thought Of The Month February 2022 ~ “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

By Vince DiPasquale The month of February is called the love month. We celebrate Valentine’s Day and experience the last month of winter. Let’s spend some time exploring the word “love”. Like everything else in our society we have taken the deeply spiritual nature of the word and commercialized it so that it exploits people. […]

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Thought Of The Month January 2022 ~ “Live One Day at a Time ~ Each and Every Day!”

By: Vince DiPasquale Happy and blessed New Year? It’s hard to believe that it’s already here. Let’s take some time to reflect in a spirit of gratitude, humility, and learning, on yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Yesterday is over. Much has happened, both positive and negative. Take time to inventory the past year. Try to look […]

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2022 Educational Program “Unrecognized Losses We’ve Experienced Throughout Our Lives” is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

Pat Obst joined The Starting Point’s Executive Director for another episode of DOING GRIEF WELL. Pat and Loretta discussed “Unrecognized Losses We’ve Experienced Throughout Our Lives.” They spoke about how loss comes in many forms and how it can throw one’s life into emotional chaos and confusion. Pat addressed how we can heal and recognize […]

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2021 Educational Program “Loss Due to Divorce or Breakup of a Serious Relationship” with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

In the next part of the “Doing Grief Well” series, Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW and Loretta Depka, Executive Director continued their discussions on the complex process of grieving. This particular topic is “Loss Due to Divorce or Breakup of a Serious Relationship.”    You can find The Starting Point’s YouTube channel here. Pat is a […]

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2021 Educational Program”Doing Grief Well Part 3: Complicated Grief” with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

In Part III of the “Doing Grief Well” series, Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW and Loretta Depka, Executive Director continued their discussions on the complex process of grieving. You can find The Starting Point’s YouTube channel here. As an aid to further explore this important topic, check out “64 Tips for Coping with Grief at the […]

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Thought Of The Month December 2021 ~ “Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing”.

By: Vincent DiPasquale The month of December speaks to us of new birth and new beginnings. It reminds me of three words that come from AA literature: “Yesterday, today and tomorrow”. As part of our history, we have so many attachments starting with our families combined with all the experiences we have gone through. We […]

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2021 Educational Program”Doing Grief Well Part 2: Grieving During the Holidays” with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

When we learn to grieve well, we can journey through grief, find healing, purpose, and move towards re-creating our lives after loss. In this program, Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW and Loretta Depka, Executive Director discussed the process of grieving during the holidays. It can be challenging; some people think it SUCKS (Sad; Uncomfortable; Challenging; Keeps […]

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