“She had been killed in an automobile accident. Her husband was in route to the hospital. I met their minister in the hospital corridor. In utter desperation, he cried, “I feel so uncomfortable coming to the hospital. It’s such a foreign environment. I don’t know what to say or do. I’ve never done this before. Please tell me what to do.” The patient said,” My pastor doesn’t make hospital visits. He can’t handle hospitals.”
When the unexpected arises and you find your parishioners hospitalized, are you equipped to support them effectively? Difficult situations can catch us off guard and unprepared. This concise “how to handbook” is a succinct resource of clear insight into hospital practices/protocol useful in training volunteers, parish visitors, pastors/chaplains and a helpful refresher guide for those that have studied hospital ministry. You will proceed with confidence as you minister to the sick and suffering.”
When I first read Heaven Touches Earth by Dr. Derry James-Tannariello, I thought that this is a marvelous resource for anyone involved in ministering and supporting the sick and terminally ill… I was wrong. This book is a wonderful resource for all of us.
I dare say that there isn’t anyone out there that hasn’t had that all too awkward hospital visit to a friend or relative that has learned that they have a terminal illness. We don’t know what to say. We don’t know how to respond. I can tell you from first hand knowledge that the patient and the immediate family so very much need to have friends and relatives around. They need the support. But when we are just so uncomfortable with what to say to them, we stay away.
This book cuts through all that. Yes, of course it is a handbook designed for those involved in hospital ministry – it certainly includes a great list of etiquette, hospital protocol, pastoral tools and how to minister to various populations… the how-to’s and where-to’s as it were. And I especially enjoyed the resources at the end of the book of the Healing and Deliverance Scriptures… that is a splendid addition.
But this book is a great resource to help us to overcome our uncomfortable and to be ready to step into that friend’s room – young or old – and know how and what to say and what not to say. I think this is a marvelous book and I’m so please to have been able to read it. Thank you Pastor Derry.
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