Which character are You?

  • You run a hospice or palliative care unit in a medium-sized city. When families are there, they are playing on their cell phones. Wouldn’t it be better for them — and the patient — if they could come closer together before the patient dies? Coming together in a safe structure would help them now — and later.
  • You lead a church, synagogue, or mosque that — now, in the midst of the pandemic, more than ever — has more families in need of care than you have clergy to support them. You have many willing and kind volunteers who want to help families and stretch the reach of the pastoral care program, but you’d like them to have a tool in hand to bring in the support of family members, even those who may not be active in the church. You know your congregants would do better feeling that love around them.
  • You head an addictions counseling agency. Your patients don’t recognize how much support they have from those who love them. And your counselors need a structured tool for helping families support their loved ones in recovery or for helping support groups bond.
  • Every day, your counselors see veterans who are trying to make meaning of their military service. Their families — long shut out of the process — wish they could help. Wish they knew their spouse, parent, or sibling’s inner experience better. Wonder what is locked away that they could touch with love.
  • You’re in charge of volunteers who’ve been through the challenges they’re now helping others through — a life-altering diagnosis, a long road to recovery, a loss in the family. You’d like to see them get some substantial professional development and a tool they can reliably use to help families come together.

You may be getting the idea. Even if your situation is a little different, you are concerned about an individual’s relationship to his or her kin when both are in the midst of big change.