Category Archives: Death and Dying

Saying Good-bye

At Snowline Hospice, I work with people who bravely say good-bye. I work with people who struggle to say good-bye through their tears. I have people who can’t say good-bye because they are in denial that their loved one is … Continue reading

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Hope in the Struggle

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole.   Then it seemed to stop … Continue reading

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Today, You Will Be with Me in Paradise

Not everyone I visit, on my day job as a hospice chaplain, wants to talk about their death. Of those, most politely say that they don’t want to talk about it. Though I did have one patient who absolutely denied … Continue reading

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The Prince of Peace Is Coming

The reaction of French President François Holland after the Paris attacks was to bomb Daesh, what some call ISIS. That got a lot of press. Reports wanted to know what President Obama was going to do. Of course, we were … Continue reading

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He Ain’t No Ghost

Our brains receive a lot of information. Those things that are important or significant to us we keep, the rest our brain deep sixes them. Most of this happens so fast that we don’t notice.   When there is something … Continue reading

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Lift High the Cross

“According to that great font of wisdom, Yogi Berra, ‘If you come to a fork in the road, take it.’ Mark 8 is a kind of theological fork in the road. This chapter is the hinge of Mark’s gospel. Not … Continue reading

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Illuminating Memories

The memories of our loved ones never die. It is, particularly, at the end of year when those memories are illuminated. The holiday memories are amplified: the Thanksgiving meals, the mishaps that might ruin the Thanksgiving meal instead turn into … Continue reading

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