Living in the Background

As you can imagine, I spend a lot of my time as hospice chaplain, caring for our patients’ spiritual life. But I am also chaplain to our team. One of the ways I support the team is through my weekly Monday Inspiration emails that I try to have in their inbox when they log in, [...]

Making Mindful Memories

I have a small sign in my bathroom that reads, “The days are long, but the years are short.” That sign is there to remind me to pause before I get frustrated with my preteen daughter when she takes entirely too long washing her hair and brushing her teeth. In my defense it seriously takes [...]

Winter Hope

As January dissolves into February, we find ourselves steeped in the depths of winter. The skies are gray. The green foliage is hidden beneath the white snow. The sun is on vacation in Florida. Yet, as we enter the mid-point of winter, hope sprouts and we begin to seek signs of the spring to come. [...]

How to have a Quality Quarantine

It’s been almost a full year now that we’ve all been under quarantine to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We’ve sacrificed a lot during this time including get-togethers with family, sending our children to school, and even tasks such a grocery shopping in an actual storefront. It’s been long and frustrating, but there have been [...]

Making Christmas Memories

“I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.” – Carrie Fisher What is Christmas to you and how will you adapt to maintain those values this year? This may be the year of all years, in regards to our creativity [...]

Holiday Grief Guide

The holidays often bring up a range of emotions when you’ve lost an important member of your family. Sentiments of happiness, sadness, and loneliness can swirl in your mind. It’s perfectly okay for you to recognize and express your many emotions during the holidays and beyond. It’s part of your own healing process and a [...]

Can We Still be Thankful?

There is no need for me to elaborate on the year we have experienced together …or should I say, apart?. 2020 has been a challenging year, for sure. As we approach Thanksgiving, the question came to mind; can we still be thankful? I recently shared a quote with our hospice team from 17th Century teacher, [...]

Go Team

What makes a team? Well first off, it takes two or more people. I alone am not a team. I am an individual. Next, the group of people have a common goal that they are working toward. Even though the group of people may have a common goal, they all have their own ideas of [...]

The Fear of Dying

The Fear of Dying “Everybody will die, but very few people want to be reminded of that fact.”― Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy What are your thoughts on dying? I know most of us would want to put it off for as long as possible! One thing is certain though; it’s going to [...]

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