Welcome to the Social Media Chaplain newsletter!
Each month, I send you an email with resources I’ve discovered that are helpful for people giving care to other people in times of hospital and grief. It's a mix of things to help you, for you to share, and for you to reflect about. If you have suggestions of resources, I'd love to hear about them.
And if you know someone who would find these resources helpful, please forward this to them so they can subscribe.
Recent writing I've done
I had the opportunity to talk with a long-time colleague about pain, grief, prayer and meditation, and hope. This is a chance for me to share conversations I have regularly in patient rooms and hallways. We shot three videos. Here are the first two:
A conversation about grief and pain.
A conversation about prayer and meditation.
Nancy and I spent some time in the hospital recently. It's helping me think better about what it's like. What I learned by being in the hospital
Sometimes we are more of an answer to prayer than we think: Credit
What I'm reading
Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events is an 8-age PDF from the Humanitarian Disaster Institute. The aim is "To help parents, family members, teachers, clergy, and volunteers learn how to recognize stress reactions, listen, and help support children after acts of violence."
Hospitality matters: Why are some churches trading pews for dinner tables?
A few years back, I was part of a couple "Longest Night" services. Also known as "Blue Christmas", these services address the sadness that people feel around Christmas and grief. Here's an overview of the idea and a great reflection on the value of it from a grief and health perspective.
In France, the funeral business is being examined by a new generation. It raises questions about what is actually needed in the funeral process.
Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit is a PDF from the Center for Faith and Opportunity Issues of the Department of HHS. This is a great introductory tool.
In closing. . .
Thanks for your participation in this project. And thanks for the work you do helping people. I'm more aware than ever of the value of simple, thoughtful, deliberate conversations.
Again, if you know this is helpful for someone else, please forward this email to them with your endorsement. I'd love to be able to help more people doing what you are doing.
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See you next month!