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Five Essential Things to Say to a Dying Person

Sometimes in life, an unexpected loss can prevent us from saying the important things that need to be said to our loved ones before they pass. In these cases, we may be left with lifelong regrets, wondering things like “what if I had a chance to say goodbye?”
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Signs and Symptoms of Spiritual Distress

Spirituality can be a great source of comfort. But when a person is facing a loss, physical and emotional pain, or other challenges, they may experience spiritual distress. Spiritual distress occurs when a person is no longer able to find meaning, peace, comfort, strength, or connection in life.
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Picking a Fight with God: The Positives of Anger

“She will throw you out!” warned the nurse as I arrived to make my initial visit. As a hospice chaplain, I encounter many terminal patients who have spiritual pain. Gratefully, I was not thrown out of Mrs. Hope Deferred’s room, but she did shake her fist as I introduced myself. Not at me, but at “her God” whom she thought sent me. Her husband welcomed care for his dying wife and as the visit continued, I not only began to connect with Hope, more importantly, I started to understand her.
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What is the Day of the Dead?

Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican custom celebrated on November 1st and 2nd each year, honoring deceased loved ones. It is believed that the gates of heaven temporarily open at midnight on October 31st, allowing the spirits of deceased children and adults to reunite with their families for a brief visit.
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