Category Archives: dying with love

Give Yourself Permission to Grieve

  Give yourself permission to grieve. Because just when you think you’ve “cried it all out” A fragrance A song An image Or touch May trigger more tears So let them be Let them roll And when those tears no … Continue reading

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Now is the Time

With all the terror, War and strife, And accidents that suddenly take life Now is the time To tell those you love Everything you’ve always wanted to tell them But never have. Tell them: How much you love them, How … Continue reading

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That Final Journey “Home”

This past year as a hospice chaplain I’ve discovered a pattern In my hospice patients: So many discuss trips For which they’re preparing In dreams they have before that final journey One talked about having to set sail . . … Continue reading

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Learning from My Patients

Image from OutdoorLeaders.com This week I learned so much From so many I learned that in viewing death As the “next great adventure” Through which our soul must travel That we must never fear it. I learned To appreciate how … Continue reading

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A Holiday Reflection for Hospice

As the holiday season approaches, we all strive to prepare For our own family’s needs, for which we are well aware What isn’t quite as easy, is knowing what to say and do For each of our patients and their … Continue reading

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Godly, Angelic Moments Thanksgiving Week

This week twas Thanksgiving Like most hospice chaplains, I was working Visiting my patients Spiritually supporting them and their families One of my favorite patients was going fast She knew she may not see me again And she said, “Thank … Continue reading

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Family Caring for Family – A Caregiver’s Prayer

Caring for a dying loved one Takes such a heavy toll On one’s mind, body, and yes, on one’s very soul Some days are harder than others may be Each day a question, wondering when God will set our loved … Continue reading

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