Talking to Kids About Death

Talking to Kids About Death

There are times in our ministries where we are called upon to do very difficult tasks, perhaps one of the most painful is being the person to deliver the news to a child or student about a family member’s death. Everything matters. Our words matter. Our actions matter. Our follow up matters. It’s a very heavy responsibility, and yet it is an honor to be in the inner circle with families in those life-changing moments. Our responsibility is sacred when we are discussing life and death. These... Read More
Navigating Loss Through the First Year

Navigating Loss Through the First Year

All my life my mother was a schoolteacher. Through the years, she taught several different grades, but primarily she taught elementary school. However, it wasn’t until I was in fifth grade that I discovered that my mom had actually gone to school to be a singer. She had a beautiful voice. Although I remember her singing in weddings and that she had taught piano out of our house most of my elementary school years, it never occurred to me that music might be something she wanted to pursue.... Read More
Showing Up For People Who Are Hurting 

Showing Up For People Who Are Hurting 

When my daughter was two months old, she was diagnosed with a terminal condition called SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). It was hard to look in her eyes that were so full of life, her face that was so full of joy, and think that she was going to die in a matter of months. We were devastated and were forced to spend the next couple of weeks wrestling with what we believe. You see, our decisions for her care would look very different if we didn’t believe God was real versus if we 100 percent... Read More
Five Things To Remember When Tragedy Strikes

Five Things To Remember When Tragedy Strikes

It was a Sunday morning and I was running around the church trying to finish all of the last minute details, cover my volunteer gaps and make sure that everyone was on the same page. It was going to be a huge weekend, and I wanted to make sure that everything went off perfectly. It was then that my phone began to ring and I noticed that I was getting a phone call from a former volunteer of mine who had moved out of state. I remember thinking, “That’s odd that she would call me on a Sunday... Read More