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Concordia Blog - Spiritual Care

How Lent Helps Us Handle Loss

February 23, 2016
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Today's post was written by Concordia Chaplain Rev. Daniel Strussenberg, who serves at Concordia of the South Hills, Concordia of Monroeville and Harmony Physical Rehabilitation. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being, especially during the Lenten Season. Feel free to comment and share!

How do you handle yourself when people leave you?

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Call to Care: Creating a Safe Place (part 2)

October 20, 2015
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge and is part 18 of the "Call to Care" series. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

In his Christian caregiving book Don't Sing Songs To A Heavy Heart, Dr. Kenneth Haugk says that you have it within your power to create a safe place for those who are suffering. You have a precious gift to give hurting people when they know they can talk to you and truly be accepted. For that to happen the suffering person needs to know you are a safe place for them to feel as bad as they need to feel at the moment. If you aren't comfortable with their pain they will not be comfortable sharing it with you. Creating a safe place is a process that has several aspects to it. Let's take a look.

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Call to Care: Creating a Safe Place

August 11, 2015
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge and is part 17 of the "Call to Care" series. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

In chapter 11 of his book on how to care for and relate to people who are suffering entitled Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart, Dr. Kenneth Haugk discusses the topic of "Creating a Safe Place." In this chapter, he says that people who are hurting respond and open up more to caregivers who create a safe place for them to do so.

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Call to Care: Avoiding “Pink Thinking” (part 2)

May 19, 2015
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge and is part 16 of the "Call to Care" series. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

"Pink Thinking" is a term used by Dr. Kenneth Hauk in his book Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart to describe caregivers who think their role is to get a suffering person out of despair by helping them to "look on the bright side." Although well intended, "Pink Thinking" denies a person's suffering and glosses over their pain.

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What does Lent actually mean?

February 17, 2015
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Today's post was written by Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being, especially during the Lenten Season. Enjoy!

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Call to Care: Avoiding “Pink Thinking”

January 20, 2015
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge and is part 15 of the "Call to Care" series. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

To help caregivers relate to those who are suffering, Dr. Kenneth Haugk, in his book entitled Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart, includes a chapter called "Pink Thinking." "Pink thinking" can be just as harmful as "words that hurt, not heal" - but it is more subtle.

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The Gift in the Manger

December 25, 2014
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From the Concordia Family to yours: Merry Christmas! Today's post was written by Concordia Deaconess Heather Wathall. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being, especially around this time of year. Enjoy!

Mark Lowry’s song Mary, Did You Know? is all over the Internet this season with different artists sharing their beautiful arrangements. The song explores with wonder the relationship between the virgin Mary and her Son – God’s Son, our Lord Jesus. The song brings into perspective the miracle of our Savior’s birth to a humble girl from an unknown town. What did Mary know about her Son?

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Call to Care: Words That Hurt, Not Heal (Part 2)

December 1, 2014
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In today’s post, Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge revisits Dr. Kenneth Haugk’s book on Christian Caregiving, “Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart,” in part two of “Words That Hurt, Not Heal,” part 14 of the “Call to Care” series.

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Call to Care: Words That Hurt, Not Heal

August 26, 2014
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge and is part 13 of the "Call to Care" series. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

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Call to Care: For Better or For Worse (Part 3)

June 10, 2014
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge and is part 12 of the "Call to Care" series. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

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