Psychospiritual Care Is Not Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour!

Why Funeral Directors and Clergy Should Ally with the Chaplain. Rev. Ch. Harold W. Vadney B.A., [M.A.], M.Div. Bereavement Chaplain/Thanatologist/Psychospiritual Care Provider In principle and practice, as a celebrant/officiant, the focus of my attention is the family, then the deceased, the assembly and finally the venue. As a bereavement chaplain my focus is correctly spelled…

Groupthink: What you should know and probably do not know!

“As members of interdisciplinary care teams, we are frequently exposed to and have to cope with what is known as groupthink, a phenomenon that may seriously compromise our efficacy as care providers, and may also compromise our duty of authenticity and autonomy. And yet, groupthink is precisely what underlies much of our training in Clinical…

Extermination of Humanity?

As we approach the Winter holiday season, we, especially those of us in the  helping professions, become even more acutely aware of the value of our profession to our brothers and sisters, both at the end of their lives, during the active dying process, and to those bereaved and mourning the loss of someone special….

Dissolve and Flush: Liquid Cremation, Biocremation, Water Cremation, Aquamation

Dissolve and Flush: Funeralized Alkaline Hydrolysis. The Newest Technology for Disposing of Dead Human Beings. Rev. Ch. Harold W. Vadney, BA, [MA], MDiv Interfaith Bereavement Chaplain/Thanatologist In the West, interment, inhumation, entombment have been the traditional methods of disposing of dead human bodies, that is, prior to the late 19th century with the revival of…

A Question of “Interfaith”

Interfaith Pastoral Care. Just what is it? Interfaith pastoral care is a hard nut to crack when a client actually is interested enough to ask the question., “What is interfaith?” Some have suggested that we change, broaden our terminology to “interbelief” but I don’t really think that changes a thing; in fact, I think it complicates…

They call it customer service; we call it human service

As a provider of psychospiritual care to the bereaved, as a professional bereavement chaplain, theologian and thanatologist, I firmly believe that some things just have to be delivered locally and face-to-face; these include sex, making friends, spiritual care, funeralization services. Not necessarily in that order or priority ranking. Grief work is not achieved in three…

In Lieu of Flowers: The Memorial Token

The whole idea of funeralization is among other things, to establish and continue our bonds with our dead, and we do this in any number of healthy and not so healthy, sensible and not so sensible ways. In the shorter term, we memorialize our dead in the funeralization and memorialization process. We have a funeral…

Empty Chairs at the Dinner Table: Tragedy or Failure?

Republished with permission from Spirituality and Griefcare. Death does not respect age; any death is a loss whether it be an 18-month old infant, an 18-year old youth, or an 81 year old matron. They are all significant losses to someone and each instance has its own pattern of grief responses and challenges to overcome….

What do Walmart and Funeral Service Corporations Have in Common?

Originally Published on Funeralization & Chaplain Services Walmart-type funeral services and how they nickel-and-dime the bereaved while falling short of providing meaning and hope. Most of the Walmart-type funeral chains are, like Walmart, impossibly large. When I use the term “Walmart” I mean any operation that is a chain of oversized superstores mostly found in…

Join us at the New Blog: Funeralization & Chaplain Services

Funeralization & Chaplain Services You are invited to visit, follow and participate in this new specialist blog dedicated to funeral and memorial services, the important but frequently overlooked role of the interfaith bereavement chaplain,  and many other funeralization and deathcare topics. This new blog will share with its readers a plethora of information on the funeral…