Everyday SaintsThis is part two of a four-part series of stories of people who have shined their light as a beacon in service to others.
When we celebrate All Saints’ Day
, we remember those who died as witnesses to the Christian faith. A saint is a person acknowledged as holy or virtuous. The informal definition of “saint” is a...
Whole-Person Care at the End of Life
I recently went to the doctor for an initial consultation. After the doctor entered the room and shook my hand, she did something which, to me, was amazing. She sat down, looked me in the eye and compassionately said, “Tell me your story.” This doctor had my chart. She knew my medical history. I knew from a few things she...
Learning Life Lessons at the Knees of the DyingThis blog is the second in a series of reflections from the 3rd annual Symposium with Dr. Ira Byock on October 12, 2018, Abundant Aging Through the End of Life.
After coming home from United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging’s 2018 Annual Symposium
, featuring keynote Dr. Ira Byock
, my husband and I went to Ann...
Spirituality of Gratitude
When I was a new pastor visiting congregational members in the hospital, I was surprised when some would deny pain or brush aside comfort. Instead, they would say, “I’m just grateful I have life,” even though they were grappling with cancer, serious diseases or debilitating pain. At first, I viewed their gratitude suspiciously. Was it just a pat answer to...
Tax Reform Needs Response Now
Tax reform is on a fast track for a vote before Christmas. There are many details in the House and Senate versions to be reconciled. Four major proposals could potentially affect the ministry of United Church Homes and the lives of older adults:
- Elimination of medical expense deduction on Schedule A. Many of our residents rely on this offset to their bills...