Have you ever been in a situation where someone is grieving the loss of a loved one, and you just don’t know what to say? Sometimes you feel you’ve said the wrong thing, and other times you walk away having said nothing and you feel horrible about it. I really believe the ministry to grieving individuals and families can be one of the strongest and most impactful ministries the church can have, and it’s something that can be learned and practiced.
This is something the church can and should take on as a ministry, and not defer to the professionals. We are going to talk today about how to speak purposefully and intentionally to those who are going through the pains of loss. Our guest today, Pastor Dennis Dodge is well qualified to speak on this subject. Dennis recently retired from serving for over 11 years as a hospice chaplain in Athens GA. Prior to that Dennis served as a pastor with the C&MA for over 15 years. Dennis received a BS from the University of Vermont – in Business Administration; and received his Mdiv from Gordon-Conwell Theo Seminary in Massachusetts. He’s been married to Sara for almost 49 years, has three grown children and ten grandchildren. Since retirement Dennis has enjoyed volunteering in bereavement support groups. Dennis and Sara live in Toccoa GA.
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