When Burial’s Unaffordable, Grief Compounds

I have been exploring the funeral and burial customs of impoverished people in the Latino community of upstate South Carolina. I began doing this recently after considering the high cost of funerals in general. Some impoverished Latinos could not claim the bodies of...

Need A Casket? Churches Could Help With Funeral Care

Hard data from the 1990s showed that beginning about now, our healthcare system would be in crisis because baby boomers would be retiring and living longer than previous retirees. The new retirees would be expecting to draw Social Security and use Medicare for many...

How Can Congregations Help Their Diabetic Members?

I remember, as a child, going with my father when he made visits to the sick and shut-ins in our community. For some, there were repeated episodes of illness, declining health and eventually death. Not until years later in nursing school did I fully understand what I...

How Can Churches Reclaim Health-Care Ministries?

Are we really ready to let go of secular or marketplace health-care expectations? Do congregations want to reclaim a role in health and caring? In preparation to reclaim health and caring ministries, the first call is to recognize our deep dependence on a...

Will Health-Care Debate Revive Parish Nursing?

With all of the health-care rhetoric, I am delighted to see a renewed interest in the parish nursing dialogue. Parish nursing programs are about health ministry and congregational care ministry. Parish nursing emerged in the 1980s out of the Lutheran hospitals in the...