A personal friend lamented this week over her sister’s death in a nursing home. She was not able to visit and felt deeply saddened that her sister died alone, and now the sister suffers from grief and guilt for not having been there. In this new normal of the Coronavirus, I believe we will hear…

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A personal friend lamented this week over her sister’s death in a nursing home. She was not able to visit and felt deeply saddened that her sister died alone, and now the sister suffers from grief and guilt for not having been there. In this new normal of the Coronavirus, I believe we will hear…

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A personal friend lamented this week over her sister’s death in a nursing home. She was not able to visit and felt deeply saddened that her sister died alone, and now the sister suffers from grief and guilt for not having been there. In this new normal of the Coronavirus, I believe we will hear…

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Two thousand years of Religious doctrine that judges and condemns people to hell may have people away from religion. A consequence is that they also turn away from spirituality, perhaps thinking it’s the same thing. Many people say, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.”  Many others simply ignore everything related to spiritual or religious conversations. In…

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This morning I went to the grocery store and couldn’t find an available cart; all the carts were in use by shoppers desperate to buy food and supplies before they ran out—a sure sign of coronavirus-anxiety. I overheard one shopper ask an employee, “When do you expect to get in more eggs?” Besides toilet paper,…

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At a book club meeting this week, we discussed the crisis of fake human connection. We are more connected than ever through our cell phones and computers, but people feel a deep absence of authentic human connection. We talked about when meaningful human connections happen. Our group facilitator mentioned riding his motorcycle from Miami to…

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“ Nobody loves me. Everybody hates me. I think I’ll eat some worms.” One of my best friends in High School would frequently say, “Nobody loves me. Everybody hates me. I think I’ll eat some worms.” He would say it like he was joking, and we would laugh, but looking back and reflecting on his…

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At a job interview, the human resources recruiter asked the applicant, “What is your life story?” No one had ever asked her that question and in a spontaneous moment, she decided to be completely transparent. “I broke free from a bad relationship,” she said. “My husband was abusive, and I lost my self-confidence and my…

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“How many days after a person dies, does the soul hang around?” That was one of many questions asked by the 40+ participants in the grief support workshop this past weekend near Guatemala City. I went to Guatemala, thinking that we would be discussing questions about grief related to the hundreds that died from the…

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            While visiting Mexico City on their Halloween and Day of the Dead, a Mexican family invited me to go with them to Xochimilco to the festival of the Dia de los Muertos. Masses of people squeezed through the narrow streets past food stands and vendors of articles related to the Day of the Dead.…

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