Welcome to the Social Media Chaplain newsletter!
Each month, I’ll 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.
Recent writing I've done
In a short time, I read four books that talk about dying, living, and death from a Christian perspective. In this essay, I talked at length about three of them. If you are wrestling with how to think about end-of-life care, about what various technologies and treatments mean, and about the core questions to think through, this is the essay for you. 4 books about end-of-life conversations.
Navigating hope and despair in ER conversations.
One way to find a funeral home
What I've been reading and watching.
Jason Kissel is a tree guy. He knows trees inside and out. His video about How trees deal with loss, created for the Parkview Life Channel is a great way to think through loss. He's got a book by the same name: How Trees Deal With Loss.
Recently, Fuller Seminary published their online magazine talking about suffering: Fuller magazine issue 14: Suffering.With Articles from psychology, theology, arts, and pastoral care are worth reflecting with.
"Five wishes" is an approach to talking about advance directives. You identify who you want to represent you for medical decisions, what kinds of medical treatment you want (or not), how comfortable you want to be, how you want people to treat you, and what you want your loved ones to know. You put it in writing in this form. And then there is clarity about what you want.
Connie Schultz has a helpful reflection on what to say to someone who has lost someone, particularly through suicide: When in Doubt, Show Up.
"When is dead actually dead?" A long article from a physician and writer in Canada who sits with families as they think about what counts as death, medically, religiously, emotionally.
"5 heartfelt things to write in a sympathy card"
"Love in the oven" because we need stories about pie.
In this study of the use of social media and other media by governmental information offices during a disaster, we read about the struggle to discern what is actually happening and respond to it. As I read the article, I think about
In closing. . .
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