3 Habits Help Lonely People Feel Connected

3 Habits Help Lonely People Feel Connected

How do we encourage people who are in the midst of deep loneliness? As someone who disciples teenage girls, I have certainly been asking myself this question. Faith communities at large have been feeling the impact of loneliness and isolation in a whole new way in the...
Pandemic Has Changed Grieving Rituals

Pandemic Has Changed Grieving Rituals

Grief has not changed during COVID-19, but the rituals of grieving have. The long-term effects of those changes will be more evident in the months and years ahead. How we grieve as we lose a family member to a terminal illness like cancer can help us contrast the...
You Have a Story to Share

You Have a Story to Share

If you are a living, breathing person, you have a story. The importance for this lies in a deep soul need to share our story and connect with others by hearing their stories. We know the facts of a life. We know date and place of birth. We know names of family members...
Friendship as Antidote to Loneliness – Part 3

Friendship as Antidote to Loneliness – Part 3

No sane person would say, “I do not want any friends,” but plenty of people who say they have lots of friends have none. I know; I was such a one. You may have many acquaintances and tons of family members, neighbors, co-workers, fellow church members (or if you’re a...
Friendship as Antidote to Loneliness – Part 2

Friendship as Antidote to Loneliness – Part 2

Pursuing romance is easy compared to the pursuit of friendship. That’s an important observation drawn from my four decades as a pastoral psychotherapist. In America, few people marry whoever just happens to show up in their lives. They date and court, and by and...