When the unthinkable happens, how do we move on? How can we face the next ordinary day, when it seems nothing will ever be ordinary again?

If you or those you care about want to live abundantly, with strength and resilience, then you are in the right place.

Certified chaplain Beryl Schewe has stood with hundreds of families and individuals at these heartbreaking yet defining moments. Her compassionate and tender stories from her new book and Open Every Door on this website take us into hushed waiting rooms, peaceful hospices, and hopeful candlelight vigils. We meet those in sorrow, denial, anger, contemplation, and healing. Through their stories, we learn the practices of resilience that can move us beyond our grief and toward a full, rich life. “Regardless of our disposition,” says Schewe, “resilience is a skill that can be developed…strengthened and cultivated.”

This helpful download will coach you through the difficult time of saying goodbye. Receive the download free when you subscribe to Open Every Door.


New Book Release
A Grief Workbook with practices and reflections for healing and growth

Written for those who grieve as well as for caregivers and pastoral ministers, this powerfully insightful and practical book includes sections on decision making, speaking to the dying, helping children cope with loss, and the importance of community support. Reflection questions and a gentle, 21-day challenge make this book a sure companion for anyone who seeks healing, and for all who need to remember that love always triumphs over death.

A board certified chaplain and director of pastoral care in a parish setting, Beryl Schewe has helped hundreds of families plan funeral liturgies, grieve their loved ones, and learn to live more fully after loss.

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Drawing on years of pastoral care and chaplaincy experience, Habits of Resilience offers concrete strategies for building the spiritual resilience we all need in times of bereavement. Beryl Schewe’s vivid storytelling will get your attention, and her practical wisdom will earn your trust.

Dan McKanan, Harvard Divinity School

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