A conversation with kids about death.

I think they were nine and twelve. But I’m terrible with figuring out the ages of kids, and I’ve decided that asking isn’t helpful. Instead, I start listening and start […]

How to start a funeral service

Here are the words I use every time I begin a funeral service. We don’t want to be here. Just so that’s clear. We’re here because when God made us, […]

How not to help a sufferer.

Before considering what to do to be helpful, Gavin Ortland suggests four things NOT to do. (Read the full article at “How not to help a sufferer.”) In summary, his […]

One way to find a funeral home.

At our hospital, chaplains are the people with the responsibility and opportunity to ask families what funeral home they will be using for their loved one. It’s a difficult time, […]

Resource: Humanitarian Disaster Institute.

The Humanitarian Disaster Institute provides incredibly helpful, practical resources for people who are helping with disaster relief. It was founded by Dr. Jamie Aten, a disaster physiologist at Wheaton College. Jamie […]

Can my loved one hear me?

In the last hours and minutes of people’s lives, laying in hospital and hospice beds, we often hear the question, “Can they hear us?” Chaplains and nurses often say, “Yes. […]