About the Author

Jon Swanson never planned to write about leading funerals, memorial services, and celebrations of life. Who would want to? But life-planning isn’t a strength of his.

Words, though. Words matter to him. He built an understanding of the power of words to shape us as he earned three degrees in communication (PhD, The University of Texas at Austin; MA, Northern Illinois University; BA, Wheaton College). He built an understanding of teaching about words and with words through fifteen years in higher education, some teaching (speech, spiritual formation), some leading. He developed an capacity to use words in caring for and helping people during fifteen years in pastoral ministry. And now he applies all he’s learned in the quiet conversations that happen in crisis and death as a hospital chaplain.

But here’s the truth. He knows he needs scripts and outlines and next steps to guide his conversations with patients and loved ones, with grieving families and hurting hearts. Knowing what to say and what not to say are equally necessary.

This book lets him share what he has learned.

Jon and Nancy have been married since 1983 and have three children: Andrew (with Allie), Hope (with Dan), and Kathryn (deceased).

Jon has published A Great Work about the book of Nehemiah, Lent for Non-Lent People, A New Routine about the Sermon on the Mount, and Saint John of the Mall, an Advent reader. He writes five days a week at 300wordsaday.com and regularly at SocialMediaChaplain.com.

If you are stuck in preparing a service, he is available at drjon@socialmediachaplain.com.

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