Category Archives: Traumatic Death

Suicide. Will God Forget Him?

Suicide. W. takes his own life. Where do we go with this. How do we approach such a traumatic death? How do we approach the family’s confusion, anger, despair? I am fortunate that I have made suicide a subject of … Continue reading

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“And Jesus Wept.” (Jn 11:35)

There are times when, at the family’s specific request, the service must be kept “simple.” With experience that simple word “simple” takes on a special meaning for the officiant, and may indicate that the family is very modest in their … Continue reading

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