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Category: Chaplaincy

I couldn’t be there when they died.

These days, and all days, people die and family isn’t present. It’s particularly hard when rules keep people away. But sometimes it’s distance, sometimes it’s relationship, sometimes it’s timing. From […]

The people behind the percentages.

I serve at Parkview Regional Medical Center as a chaplain. In that role, all the percentages become people. For example, when a treatment has a 99% success rate, we are […]

Remember your dress pants.

Last month, I released a book about how to lead funerals. The book was barely out and my friend Dan said, “Did you remind people to make sure they have […]

What not to say after someone dies.

“It IS a good morning.”  That’s what the minister said.  A woman died an hour earlier. Her death was both sudden and unexpected. The family was gathered in a hospital […]

A conversation on hope – video

Dr Dave Johnson and I spent some time talking about the importance and nature of hope. We both work in healthcare, Dave as a nurse educator and an therapist, me […]