On Being With the Dying

Presence Button 2WHEN I was working as a palliative care chaplain I came up with this three word philosophical summary of spiritual care for the dying. It was well received, so I had buttons printed for the team. They are all gone now, but I think the idea is still worth sharing.

It doesn’t matter if you feel like you “know” what to say or not; that will be forgotten anyway. Just be there, in all your awkward vulnerability. That’s what will be remembered. That’s what matters.