Category Archives: Family Interview

Homecoming: The Guest of Honor

Although, as homilists, we are admonished to make the Pascal mystery the focus of the homily. While that’s a good general hermaneutic for the Sunday homily, bridging the Liturgy of the Word with the Liturgy of the Eucharist, my bereavement … Continue reading

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EdOp: A Life Should Be Celebrated

Very frequently we have to re-educate our colleagues in the funeral services profession that every family, every loved one who has died, deserves some form of spirituality in their final farewells. I’ve commented on that aspect of my chaplaincy ministry … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: What unites a family.

The Homilist Cannot Ignore Culture and Tradition When serving a large Italian family: four generations, 8 children, 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, and a chapel filled to overflowing, we become acutely aware that something really big is afoot, and it’s called tradition. … Continue reading

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EdOp: On the homilist’s listening skills.

Many of our readers are pastoral or spiritual care providers, and only some actually have the opportunity to teach or to preach in a formal way, that is, by way of sermons or homilies. Share the Link to Our New … Continue reading

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Of Matriarchs and Elephant Love

It’s a beautiful moment when a family grants one access to the inner sanctum of the deceased’s world, a world shared intimately with special family members, and now shared with me in remembrance. It’s these initial interviews that give a … Continue reading

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Choose Humility over Self-righteousness

As I mentioned in my introduction, the family interview plays a significant role in how the service is designed, which music is selected, what readings will be read. It sometimes happens that when reviewing an obituary, after having been briefed … Continue reading

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