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The Rev. Sue Wintz
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The Rev. Sue Wintz is a board certified health care chaplain with over 30 years of clinical, administrative, educational design, development and teaching experience. She is a consultant for chaplaincy care leadership and practice at HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York, the leading multifaith organization for the integration of spiritual care within health care and palliative care, and managing editor of the online professional journal PlainViews®. Sue is a past president of the Association of Professional Chaplains.

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Grief is NOT Self-Pity, Joel Osteen

(86) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 1:50 PM

Christian megachurch pastor Joel Osteen recently released an update to his book, Your Best Life Now, in which he tells the story of bereaved parents, Phil and Judy, who mourned the death of their only son. Like any parents who endure this unimaginable pain and grief,...

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Don't Be Afraid to Tackle the Mental Health Issues Associated With Grief

(4) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:08 PM

Not long ago I was given a book on grief, one of those self-published books that anyone can write and sell on Amazon. The basic premise being promoted by the author is that grief can "be defeated" if one just has enough faith in whatever spiritual/religious tradition they embrace. If...

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Unexpected Results From an Unexpected Resolution

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 3:19 PM

I usually don't go in for New Year's resolutions. Instead, I tend to regularly review my goals and aspirations throughout the year and make plans to meet them. However, this year was different because my husband and I had a task that had been on our plates for -- gulp!...

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A Short List for Grief and the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 2:26 PM

There are two different types of grief that can occur during the holiday season. The first, and most obvious, is when a loved one dies during that time. The second is for those who have been bereaved for some time, whether it is weeks, months, or years before the current...

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Best Friends and the Lessons Learned

(5) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 5:54 PM

When I wrote my last blog post on "Providing Care to Bereaved Parents," I didn't expect it to hit home again so soon. But it has, and there is a story to tell.

When our daughter Sarah was about 14, she decided that she wanted to be an...

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Providing Care to Bereaved Parents During Infant and Child Death Awareness Month

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 5:30 PM

A child's death is regarded as among the most traumatic, incomprehensible and devastating of losses, with the potential to precipitate a crisis of meaning for bereaved parents. -- Gerrish, N.
Many people are surprised at how long parents may grieve the loss of a child. The period...
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Caregivers for the Ill Need Care, Too

(4) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 7:41 PM

"I didn't think it would be this hard."

That's what Camille said to me, the professional, board-certified chaplain on the hospital unit where her mother was a patient.

I've thought of Camille and her mom as the week of October 21 marks the start of Chaplaincy Care Week, which...

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Activate Your Spiritual Resources When Fear Surrounds You

(70) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 4:06 PM

The tragedy of the Boston Marathon has reached yet another level of intensity in the past 24 hours with the manhunt and lockdown that has forced everyday life to be placed on hold. Residents have been told to stay inside their homes so they can be safe as law enforcement...

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