If you've sat with a family in an emergency room, you've faced hard questions. And you've struggled to figure out the way to navigate hope and despair. It doesn't matter if you are a chaplain or a pastor or a friend that showed up in a hard time. You get questions and you have to … Continue reading Navigating hope and despair in ER conversations.
I offered my hand to the old man in the consult room. He grabbed it with the hand that had done compressions on his wife of six decades. He worked to slow his breath. I worked to find my next word. I was in the place between platitudes and prayer and presence and profoundness and … Continue reading Practical daily research
Some of us are squeamish about blood, especially in the hospital. So when we need to visit a friend, family member, or someone from church, especially after a trauma, we're afraid that we'll be distracted, that we'll feel faint. Here's a simple tip: look them in the eyes. https://youtu.be/znZ28-76z88