Over the course of one’s life there are many failures, regrets, missed opportunities, wrongs, and sin. If you are like me, there are many moments you wish you could do over again. At the same time, when thinking about all that has gone wrong in life it is easy to wonde...

December 14, 2017

Theologian Martin Luther believed that a person’s vocation was more than just his/her job. He believed that vocation included the God-given gifts and talents that all of us possess. Even though not everyone on a hospice team may believe in God in quite the same way, Go...

September 25, 2017

While October 31st designates Halloween for most people, and a time for trick-or-treating and costumes, for Protestants, the day signifies something else. That is especially true this year. During the month of October, Protestants everywhere will be celebrating the 500...

            Hospice is about helping people find meaning as they transition in their journey. It’s about helping people to live out their last days well. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that death isn’t still a part of life. Many of our patients live in a facility, be...

This year Ash Wednesday falls on March 1. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the liturgical season of Lent and lasts for 40 days, culminating with Easter Sunday. The number 40 comes from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke referring to the number of days Jesus sta...

December 22, 2016

Soon Advent will be over. Our watching, waiting, and preparing come to a close.  Behold! A Savior is born! Christmas marks the day that our Lord Jesus Christ entered into the world to make all things new. The ministry of Jesus will be marked with prophecy, changing the...

November 8, 2016

People react in many different ways to the death of a loved one. Human emotions are complex, and no two people grieve in exactly the same way. But for all people, the grief work must be done. Even if it is not done at the time of death, it will have to be done eventual...

October 20, 2016

The Sunday closest to October 31st of each year is called All Saints Sunday. This year, All Saints Sunday is on November 6th. On this Sunday, churches all around the world take time to remember all those who have passed away in the previous year. Many churches also all...

September 1, 2016

For many people, spirituality and/or association with a particular faith can be quite comforting at the end of life.  In my experience as a hospice chaplain, people want to know that their illness, their disease, has some sort of broader meaning.

Making meaning of a ter...

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