In times of heartache or confusion, empathy can make the difference. I experienced this firsthand when my father was days away from dying. My mother, with great feeling, spoke to my dad’s doctor about how she believed wholeheartedly my dad was going to be healed and come back home with her. The doctor could have … Continue reading Why empathy matters in healthcare
As my 50th birthday is fast approaching, it has me thinking not so much about what the future holds for me, but for my 10-year-old daughter. I wish for my daughter a world with less strife and more understanding. I wish for her a world that has cleaner air to breathe and cleaner water for … Continue reading Why this hospital chaplain swims for cancer research
After his wife’s death, Howard Romer became increasingly despondent. His longtime Flower Mound neighbors were moving away. The church he and his family attended for more than 40 years was sold. His life outside his home shrank to grocery trips and doctor appointments. He developed a sense of acute isolation. To ease this pain, Baylor … Continue reading The power of healing through pastoral care
Sometimes it seems like our world is spinning out of control — ours or anyone else’s. It’s like getting an alert on my computer: An error occurred while displaying the previous error. Huh? What am I supposed to do about that? Often, the answer is a reboot, which clears the cache. When I think of … Continue reading A Chaplain’s thoughts on prayer: Reboot and clear the cache
Over the next few months, I hope to share stories of my work as a resident chaplain at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. First, allow me to introduce myself. My path to this position at Baylor Dallas has not always been easy. It is marked by family pain and sacrifice that shapes my patient interactions … Continue reading Family pain, sacrifice on path to Baylor Dallas chaplaincy
As you can tell by my title, I’m not a nurse. I would never consider writing an article about what it’s like to be a nurse. As a chaplain that works closely with nurses, however, I see their dedication and skills and sometimes wish I could be more like them. They get tired, but are … Continue reading 12 things nurses wish their patients knew about them
Loss is a natural part of life and people often need help to find hope, meaning and strength to move forward. Danny Tomlinson is a chaplain at Scott & White Healthcare and helps families to cope and find comfort in their distress by offering spiritual care. “I consider it an enormous privilege to be with … Continue reading Finding hope in hard times
I’m not Burt Reynolds, and I doubt I can ever reach Magnum, P.I. status but I decided again to step up to the plate and raise awareness and money for cancer in men—particularly testicular cancer. Some people swim to raise awareness, others walk or run. I grew a mustache. This November was Movember for me. … Continue reading It’s Movember: Did you man up?