Tag: death

Remembering Desmond Tutu and His Legacy of Listening

What sadness we felt, this day after Christmas, when we read the news about today’s passing of South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He is among our leading heroes, a man of great moral character, courage, compassion, humor, and joy. His legacy as a pastor, an anti-apartheid truth-teller, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and the chair of…
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Never Forget

We Pause…to Listen

The world’s media today is filled with stories remembering the horrific events of September 11, 2001. As we write this message, television screens are broadcasting simultaneous services of commemoration about what happened that day in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 2,977 people died — tragically, violently, needlessly. The world changed dramatically that…
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The Unknowability of Other People’s Pain

Two different families in the same small town experienced tragic and shocking deaths by suicide of a family member they dearly loved, within a short time from one another. Both deaths made headlines in the local papers, causing their families to suffer more pain beyond the losses due to the salacious nature of the stories…
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Someone (for Front-Line Nurses) To Tell It To

“To be a nurse, you really have to care about people,” explained Iowa nurse Whitney Neville. When an ICU is packed with COVID-19 patients, most of whom are likely to die, she laments: “to protect yourself, you just shut down. You get to the point when you realize that you’ve become a machine. There are…
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Am I Going to Hell? (Questions People are Asking Us at the End – and Sometimes Throughout – Life)

Life can only be understood backwards. But it must be lived forwards.         Søren Kierkegaard  Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.      Mother Teresa   We met the elderly man in his home. He was dying of lung cancer. The disease had progressed to a state that…
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