Project Compassion

We are committed to reclaiming dying as a part of living because we believe this opens the door to healing for us all.

About Us

.Project Compassion is a community-based organization providing education, advocacy, and support for all people as they deal with serious illness, death, and grief as a natural part of life. Project Compassion is the end-of-life care coalition for Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties in North Carolina.


.We seek to embrace death as a natural and integral part of life.
· We advocate for integrative and creative approaches to healing.
· We recognize the value of community in support of the human spirit.


· Educate the community on issues and resources related to end of life and grief. · Educate, honor, and support all caregivers in the community. · Educate individuals to understand, anticipate, and communicate their end of life care choices.


A collaborative community approach to end life care and grief support is essential to effective program delivery and effective use of resources. Project Compassion collaborates intentionally on a local, regional, and national level.

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Program Initiatives

.Project Compassion’s programs are designed to meet unmet community needs and to provide innovative changes in end-of-life care.

  • The Community Education Initiative.
  • The Care Team Initiative.
  • The Advanced Care Planning Initiative.


“Losing my parents at the same time had left me grief struck. I had lost all hopes and was living aimlessly. I accompanied a friend here on his insistence, and since then, there has been no turning back – I started looking at this tragic incident in my life from a different point of view, and it helped. I slowly regained my original self – thanks to you guys!”

Christine Walters

Free Workshops for Adults Grieving the Death of a Loved One presented by Dennis T. Hill

You don’t need to consider yourself a writer to attend. (And your loss needn’t have been recent.) Join us for an opportunity to explore our deepest feelings in a safe environment. Through writing, we will gently reflect, remember, and reconsider. We will honor our loved ones, reimagine our lives now, and discover inner resources we had no idea were within us.

Latest News

How to Stop Weight Gain Caused by Stress


Even though both women and men are negatively affected by stress, it’s most common that women always receive the short-end, as opposed to men, and gain a few extra pounds, or even hold onto weight as a result thereof.

Whatever it is that might be bothering you, whether you’re conscious about it, or it’s hidden in your subconscious, and you don’t even think about it at all, many factors can cause you to be stressed out.

Due to life being filled with stressful factors, especially when it comes to our work environment, studies or having too much to do and too little time, stress is identified as the number one cause of weight gain and even as the silent killer sometimes.

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The Link Between Stress and Weight Gain

Stress can be good in moderation, but when your body is faced with high levels thereof, it might not be good at all.

When we are stressed, we tend to push ourselves harder in our work environments, school, college, or whatever we are faced with, but it can also turn out to be very bad for us.

The effect of high levels of stress on the body results in an increase in the hormone, known as cortisol, which commonly rises under pressure and typically occurs in the body holding onto weight, which it can either be water weight, or visceral fat.

When stress levels are increased, there is also a greater chance of an increase in thyroid activity, which might also lead to excessive weight gain, which can’t be explained or isn’t a result of food intake at all.

How to Stop Gaining Weight with Stress

If you want to prevent weight gain, caused by stress, there are a few things you can do to counter it. Something as simple as following a well-balanced diet and getting enough exercise, are just two lifestyle factors, which will help aid in your resistance to gaining weight.

  • Exercise – Known as one of the best methods to lose weight and reduce stress, exercise is better than any other weight loss plan, remedy or medication you can think of to combat weight gain. Not only does it aid in heart, body, metabolism and mental health, but it also helps your body and mind to remain peaceful, calm, relaxed and even fight off depression or stress. Exercise also helps lower blood pressure, reduces your blood sugar levels and can improve LDL cholesterol.
  • Avoid Caffeine – Since caffeine increases cortisol levels more than stress ever could, to avoid increasing it and ultimately gaining weight, one must avoid it altogether.

Given that caffeine also raises catecholamine, which are the stress hormones that stimulates cortisol, caffeine isn’t considered to be good for those who are prone to stress at all.

While many believe that caffeine can curb hunger, it encourages you to consume more food, especially carbs and sugar.

  • Meditate

Meditating can come in many different forms. It can mean to meditate physically, reading a book or even just taking a hot bath. It can be anything that avoids your body from being stressed and can aid in your body connecting to your mind and also leave your mind fit.

By meditating regularly, you can help balance your cortisol levels and as a result, reduce stress and weight gain altogether.

  • Get Enough Shut-Eye

A lack of sleep is known to raise cortisol levels and is also considered to be one of the major causes of depression. It is thus essential for both your mental and physical health. If you’ve been sleeping too little lately, it might be the reason why your gaining weight.

How can Teenagers Stay Fit?


These days, the health standards among teenagers have started to fall. As teenagers have to work their way through a wide range of issues concerned with adolescence, they are sure to find themselves adjusting to the changes that happened to their bodies. Hence, it is crucial for teenagers to stay healthy during these times.

In this article, we’ll be going through some ways that will help teenagers stay fit.

Avoid Smoking

Although there are several campaigns that advocate against smoking among teens, smoking is still prevalent, especially among young women.

It is estimated that there are nearly 35 million teenagers around the world who smoke cigarettes or use smokeless tobacco products. A survey conducted by the Global Youth Tobacco Survey concluded that in the 108 countries that the study was conducted in, there weren’t profound statistical changes between boys and girls in the ages 13-15.

Smoking can lead to many deadly diseases such as cancer, diminished lung functionality, limited smell and taste and asthma.

Eat Healthily

Teenagers that struggle with obesity are more likely to carry over obesity as an adult. That is why they need to eat healthy in order to maintain weight as well as fight illnesses such as depression and anxiety.

A diet that consists of fruits, grains, proteins and vegetables must be provided in order to facilitate growth and development.

Calcium is a requirement for teenagers as it helps in bone growth. This will later help them avoid fractures and reduced risk of osteoporosis. Foods that are rich in iron should also be had since iron is needed by females when menstruating and required by males in order to gain lean body mass.

Another thing that is observed more frequently among teenagers is that they do not eat breakfast regularly. Being the most important meal of the day, teenagers must be encouraged to have breakfast regularly as it ensures the provision of daily nutritional requirement.


Exercise Regularly

The importance of being active must be prominent in all age groups. At least an hour in a day should be dedicated to exercise. Exercise such as biking, running or exercising that helps cardio should be done.

Some exercises like sit backs and chair squats can be performed in the comfort of your home. These exercises should be done in order to build strength and muscle as well as increase metabolism.

In order to increase flexibility, teenagers can turn to yoga. Gym, fitness equipment or time isn’t really needed in order to stay fit. All that is required is to check with a doctor or PE teacher as to what is best.

Symptoms of Mental Illness in Elderly


The number of elderlies all around the globe has been on the rise. It is estimated that the number of people over the age of 60 will almost double, from what is now 12% to 22%. That is from 900 million to 2 million people.

The elderlies have challenges that include physical as well as mental that the world needs to recognise. This is mostly due to the stressors that are common in later life as well as the stressors that are common to ordinary people. The stressors are a by-product of the ongoing loss of functionalities.

Here are some symptoms that you can be on the lookout if you have elderlies in your household

Issues concerning memory

A common misconception among the public is that memory loss is a sign of aging, and because of this, mental illnesses mostly go unnoticed until it’s reached a significantly advanced stage. Memory loss can be attributed to early signs of psychiatric diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.


A mood disorder that is ranked as a prominent health concern among older adults, depression, if left untreated, usually leads to both physical and mental compromise. Chronic health problems that the person is suffering from will also be affected if they have depression. Hence, it is essential to look out for early signs of depression such as problems sleeping, discomfort, or even physical pain. Seniors frequent ERs and doctors while also being on more medication when they have depression than their peers. It is also important to note that women are more susceptible to this than men.


Withdrawal from Society

Mental illness is often attributed to social withdrawal as they lose interest in activities that they usually were excited about. They’d also try their best to avoid social events.

Mood changes

Sudden changes in mood should also be looked out for, and if these stay for more than a few weeks, it must be noted that this could be the cause of something much serious. Mood can swing from happy to sad, calm to angry or even active to dull.


Anxiety is as common among elderlies as depression. If they show signs of depression, chances are they’ll offer from anxiety as well. A mental illness that is commonly underdiagnosed, elderlies are more likely to overplay their physical problems and also wave off the psychiatric symptoms. As seen with depression, women are more susceptible to anxiety than men. There are many different types of anxiety, and that is why proper care and attention should be given when they show the said symptoms.

Exercises that elders can do


As you grow older, you’ll lose your flexibility and mobility, and you’ll find it harder to stay fit especially if you didn’t have a fitness routine in place when you were young. But there are exercises that the older adults can do in order to stay fit such as light walking, cycling that will help improve strength and balance.

It is suggested by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention that senior require at least 150 minutes of moderate endurance activity in a week. Although this might sound a lot, all that is needed is a 10 or 15-minute session twice every day.

Here are a few routines that older adults can perform that they can incorporate into their 15-minute daily workout regime.

Wall Push-ups

  • In order to do wall push-ups, follow these simple instructions
  • Face the wall and stand 3 feet away from it with your feet as wide as your shoulders.
  • After this, start leaning forward towards the wall and place your hands flat in line with your shoulders.
  • Note that the body should be in a plank position with an arched back.
  • Move your body closer to the wall and then push back. Repeat this step for at least ten times.


Abdominal Contractions

  • This exercise will help increase strength in your stomach
  • After taking a deep breath, tighten the stomach
  • Hold this position for 3 minutes before releasing
  • Repeat the process for ten times

Shoulder Blade Squeeze

  • This exercise will help with strengthening of the postural muscles and also the chest
  • While sitting straight on a flat surface, place the hands on your thighs while squeezing the shoulder blades towards each other.
  • When doing this exercise, you must concentrate on your shoulder blades being down instead of towards your ears.
  • Hold this position for 5 seconds before releasing
  • Repeat this exercise 10 times.

Knee Lifts

  • An exercise that will help in strengthening the thighs, first you’ll need to be seated on a flat surface or a chair that has an armrest
  • Place your arm on the armrest. But keep in mind not to press on the armrest.
  • Using the right quadriceps, lift your right leg. Lift your knee as well as the back of your thigh at least 3 inches off the seat.
  • Stay in this position for 4 seconds before slowly lowering your leg.
  • Do this for at least ten times.
  • Repeat the same process with the other leg as well.

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