What’s changed, what hasn’t – starting to think about caring for people.

The other day Bill Rice, a digital marketing guy I know, sent a series of tweets that talk about how to respond in these moments of change and crisis and uncertainty.  He wrote: Write down what has actually changed. I’m always amazed how little things have to change to cause anxiety and overreaction. Write down … Continue reading What’s changed, what hasn’t – starting to think about caring for people.

Four ways to offer clarity to families in a funeral.

I’ve done words for a long time. I’ve talked, I’ve earned three degrees about words. I’ve been around funerals and memorial services for a long time, too. I want to give you a secret that I am constantly telling myself because I keep forgetting it. Here’s the secret: people forget what you say.  You can offer … Continue reading Four ways to offer clarity to families in a funeral.

Coming soon: How to lead funerals, memorial services, and celebrations of life.

Nobody looks forward to leading funerals. But when a friend or family member asks for your help, it’s hard to say “no”. You can do it. Your words and actions will help family and friends give meaning to this life. And this book will help you find those words, even if you’ve never done this … Continue reading Coming soon: How to lead funerals, memorial services, and celebrations of life.

When there’s no hope of recovery, how do you recover hope?

When there’s no hope of recovery, how do you recover hope?  You and I both know that question, I'm guessing. I wrestle with it regularly as a hospital chaplain. When I’m called to a room after Eddie hears his diagnosis. When the ambulance brings in 5-year-old Bree. When you hear that the treatment isn't working … Continue reading When there’s no hope of recovery, how do you recover hope?