Unique New Xulon Book Provides Practical Guidelines Of Pastoral Care For Bedside Visits

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Jeffrey R Funk pens much-needed guide of practical insights for the clergy and other visitation teams to comfort and support the sick or those facing a crisis

Coming Alongside - Basic Pastoral Care at the Bedside

... equip your congregation to come alongside the hurting ...

Jeffrey R Funk’s new book, Coming Alongside - Basic Pastoral Care at the Bedside, ($15.49, paperback, 9781498460392; $7.99, e-book, 9781498460408) offers practical guidelines for visiting sick and suffering patients in the hospital, for calling on residents in a convalescent home, for being present with those facing death, and for coming alongside those who are grieving. This book will help readers make a difference in the lives of others by providing useful insights for caring through listening, by explaining some essential “do’s and don’ts” for visiting, by clarifying how to handle emergencies, by helping with dying and grief issues, by teaching how to set boundaries for the ministry, and by showing how to avoid compassion fatigue. This basic pastoral care training guide is designed as an essential introduction for those who want to provide pastoral care –comfort – to the hurting. Anyone who is involved in ministering to those who are patients in a hospital or residents in a nursing home or seriously ill folks in hospice will benefit from the information found in this book – including chaplains, clergy, lay ministers, and anyone who cares about coming alongside those who are sick and suffering.

“If you want to equip your congregation to come alongside the hurting … if you feel helpless in visiting those who are dying and grieving … if you would like to visit the sick, but don’t know how to get started … this book can help you,” states the author.

Jeffrey R Funk is the Executive Director of Healthcare Chaplains Ministry Association (HCMA). He has been a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) with HCMA since 1992. He earned a MDiv from Talbot School of Theology, where he teaches a class on Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy. He has been involved in pastoral care since 1971 when he was first licensed to the ministry. He has served as a Police Chaplain and a Chaplain with a local troop of the Boy Scouts of America. He has taught pastors in West Africa on pastoral care and chaplaincy and is a conference speaker on various topics related to pastoral care and chaplaincy for over two decades.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 15,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Coming Alongside - Basic Pastoral Care at the Bedside through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

Media Contact: Jeffrey R Funk
Email: jeffrey.funk(at)hcmachaplains(dot)org

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