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In the Name of God – How Faith Communities Can Support the Bereaved

The words of his story stick in his throat as Roger tries to swallow his emotions.  His wife Elaine has died four months ago; the fresh pain being unleashed as he finds a willing listener in me. Elaine had been … Continue reading

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Who Cares For The Caregivers?

I am a nurse and my training has taught me to assess, plan, implement and evaluate whatever program I start.  So, I initiated a caregivers support group at my church this spring after hearing members complain that they were feeling … Continue reading

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When Loss Enters Faith

My husband Chris and I watch as our pastor cups his hand into the basin and begins to pour water on our son’s forehead. This is a sacred sacrament, our firstborn’s baptism.  Two years later, another pastor is the only … Continue reading

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Long Distance Equals Losses

Visits home from California and Arizona usually center on crisis – coming home to help with medical needs or attending a funeral.  So, when my sisters visit this time, just to spend time with mom while things are stable, it … Continue reading

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“For All the Saints”

In the front of the church, a small altar stands in the middle of the raised steps, holding fourteen red candles.  There is a white banner beside this altar with the word RESURRECTION made of gold fabric letters. Fourteen bells … Continue reading

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Remembering Through Rituals and Traditions

Golden apple pie with sauce oozing through the lattice-topped crust; the cinnamon sugar  topping of pistachio nut bread crunching between my teeth; say the words Grandma Helen’s, and I become Pavlov’s dog as I recall her ritual of showing her … Continue reading

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God’s work amongst the ashes – Part IV

Peering through the small rectangle of glass in the narthex door, I scan the modest size crowd that has gathered in the sanctuary of the Lutheran church where I have been a member since the age of four. It seems … Continue reading

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