Dr. Sally A. Smolen established MERCY WORKS as a place where people could encounter their personal “birds of sorrow” and explore unresolved life issues, receive validation of their experiences, create healthy options for change, find healing, and discover the possibilities of transformation.
Learning challenges, graduation, discerning life choices, marriage, divorce, infertility, pregnancy, childbirth, perinatal loss, release for adoption, empty nest, job search, job loss, assisted living, retirement
Individual and gender identity, intimacy and boundaries, mid-life decisions, aging and loss of independence, generativity
Parents, siblings, spouses, partners, children, friends, colleagues; self-disclosure, conflicts, forgiveness, inter-generational dialogue
Self care needs and health promotion; acute, life-threatening, chronic illness; hospitalization; complications of surgery, rehabilitation, care of aging parents and relatives, struggles with emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual and behavioral situations