Category Archives: family

If Only . . .

Let us try to avoid Life’s “if only’s” Like If only I’d been kinder More empathetic Spent more time with friends Spent more time with family Appreciated those in my life Worked less Loved more Cared more Read more Rested … Continue reading

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For Her 22nd Birthday

Friday, snow Looking pretty Really, not kidding Saturday, snow Looking deep Very steep Saturday night Finally stops Snowy hilltops On every car Sunday, dig Going nowhere Nothing’s clear Monday, dig Now the kids Just need out So Monday night All … Continue reading

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Buried

When our loved ones die We must strive to bury Only their body, Not their memory. Write their stories down And pass them on. Share them with your friends And families Tell them about the gifts they’ve given: Their time … 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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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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I Wish for You . . .

I wish for you a soul that loves who you are inside and out I wish for you a soul-mate who loves you just the way you are inside and out I wish for you children who will love you … Continue reading

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