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Ways of Grieving: Tracee Dunblazier

Religion is an important source of strength for many of our members, so we’re asking clergy from different religious traditions to share how their members mark the end of a life. Today we’re speaking to Tracee Dunblazier, a spiritual empath, shaman, educator, and spiritual counselor based in Los Angeles, California.   What does your faith teach about happens to people when their lives end? My path believes in the eternal spirit. Every person, at the end of their lives begins a transition or ascent into spirit. No matter the cause of death, known or unknown, they begin an awareness of spiritual dimensions of energy. Based...

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Ways of grieving: Ade Justus

Religion is an important source of strength for many of our members, so we’re asking clergy from different religious traditions to share how their members mark the end of a life. Today we’re speaking to Ade Justus of Righteousness of God Ministries, an Apostolic Christian church. What does your faith teach about happens to people when their lives end? My faith is based on the bible and here’s what the bible teaches about people when their life ends. Bible says after death is judgment. We believe there is life after death, so when a man dies, he is going to face the...

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Ways of grieving: Reverend Leanna K. Fuller

Religion is an important source of strength for many of our members, so we’re asking clergy from different religious traditions to share how their members mark the end of a life. The Reverend Dr. Leanna Fuller is assistant professor of pastoral care at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is a member of the United Church of Christ, a mainline Protestant denomination. What does Christianity teach about what happens to people when their lives end? First, it’s important to recognize that Christianity is a very broad tradition that includes quite a bit of variation in belief and practice around particular topics such as death and dying....

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Ways of grieving: Dr. Angelo Volandes

Religion is an important source of strength for many of our members, so we’re asking clergy from different religious traditions to share how their members mark the end of a life. Angelo Volandes, M.D., practices internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and is on faculty at Harvard Medical School. He is an advocate for patients and families and the author of  The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care, about how people can empower themselves to get the right medical care at the right time and on their terms. What does your faith teach about happens to people when their lives end? In the...

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Ways of grieving: Reverend Beverly Molander

Religion is an important source of strength for many of our members, so we’re asking clergy from different religious traditions to share how their members mark the end of a life. Reverend Beverly Molander is affiliated with The Church of Religious Science and is the co-author of Heartfelt Memorial Services: Your Guide for Planning Meaningful Funerals, Celebrations of Life, and Times of Remembrance. What does The Church of Religious Science teach happens to people when their lives end? The physical part of life on earth ends, however our spirit/soul continues on its journey. Life cannot be destroyed; however the form it takes can change. We don’t...

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Ways of grieving: Chet Yoder, Garden Spot Village

Religion is an important source of strength for many of our members, so we’re asking clergy from different religious traditions to share how their members mark the end of a life. Chet Yoder served as pastor at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church for eighteen years before becoming the Director of Pastoral Services at Garden Spot Village in August, 2008. Garden Spot Village is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community that is committed to Christian values and principles. What does your faith teach about happens to people when their lives end? As one who subscribes to the Christian faith, I believe that life continues following death.  The spiritual...

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Ways of grieving: Simran Jeet Singh, Sikh Coalition

Religion is an important source of strength for many of our members, so we’re asking clergy from different religious traditions to share how their members mark the end of a life. Simran Jeet Singh, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University and regular contributor to The New York Times, TIME.com, and The Washington Post, was kind enough to speak about how the Sikh tradition approaches dying and mourning. What does your faith teach about happens to people when their lives end? The Sikh tradition (Sikhi) gives no clear explanation on what happens to people when their lives end. Sikhi does not...

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Caregiver: helpful tips from experienced caregiver

When I speak of my loved one, it’s Annie. To you, it will be your loved one. And of course to some, it will be a patient. The backdrop to my story will hopefully answer some of the questions that come up, when being thrust into the new role of being a caregiver. Remember, care giving does not come with instructions. You’re kind of on your own. Everybody will be telling you what to do, with expectations. Don’t sweat it. It’s happened to all of us. Although I’m talking about a journey through Annie’s cancer, make no mistake, a...

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After the death: grief & dreams

After being my wife Annie’s caregiver for thirty months through her battle with cancer, I lost her. I started out as a novice caregiver, but over time I got my Caregiving PhD through on-the-job training. It didn’t take me long to realize the pain and torment some caregivers go through is really bad. It was as if my body was always in motion, relentlessly moving to the beat of a hostile drum. Their wasn’t much time for me to sit and relax, sleep, or do many of the things that would have been good for me. Within the first month...

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