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What is pastoral care?

Certified Thanatologist Pastoral Specialist's (CTPS) are Christians who integrate theology within the companion relationship. They bring theological reflection into all parts of interaction expressing itself as practical experiential living and dying. To borrow the words of Coe and Hall from their book Psychology in the Spirit, theologically reflective counselling challenges us to become increasingly vivid and vibrant representatives of God's love through who we are and what we know. It is a care that often companions alongside seemingly unbearable situations.

CTPS's  believe that God surrounds the relationship between the companion and one in grief or death and that in some way God's grace will be at work in their lives privately and communally. 

Do I need to be a Christian to receive help from a CTPS?

There is no precondition in order to receive pastoral care. Many CTPS's have experience in many different types of fields such as psychology, health care, and counseling. CTPS's minister to others out of their devotion to Christ and their love for others, whether the other people are believers or unbelievers. CTPS's are knowledgeable in a broad range of faith positions, cultures, social attitudes and norms. They are also curious about other peoples ideas, positions and narratives of their lives. This curiosity about the narrative of peoples lives expresses itself in open minded dialogue with others.  

How do I contact a Certified Thanatologist Pastoral Specialist? 

To book an appointment simply phone (705-583-2212), text (705-583-2212), email ( ,or use the contact forms on this website. 

What will happen at my first visit with a CTPS?

The first visit will entail getting to know each other and talking about what you would like to talk about. One of the greatest gifts of the CTPS is the non-anxious presence. You set the pace and the CTPS comes along side as you journey together. Some of the topics for the first visit may be the change, struggle, pain, reconciling, joy, peace, or hope.  

How can a CTPS help me?

In the world we live, death and grief from any type of loss are areas rarely spoken about. In some cultures to talk about such things is taboo. Often we hide these circumstances in our lives even from those who love us best. North American society as a whole also does its best to hide situations that do not contribute to our progressive innovative world; the world of progression, victory, healing, overcoming. What happens when things don't heal? What happens when you cannot fix something to bring it to a state of the 'old normal'? The CTPS offers a different way to see things, to possibly imbue practices and new meanings and ways of seeing the world that lets the dying or grieving know that they are not alone and in some way are doing something about their circumstances despite the seriousness of the situation, even if that means letting go. Sometimes life changes from a "doing mode" to a "being mode" and that is ok. 

What do I do in an emergency?

​If you are experiencing an emergency situation call 911 and explain to them what the situation is. Tell them who you are, where you are located and they will send help right away. An emergency is something that requires immediate help right away. Examples can include:

  • Suicide attempts, suicidal threats or suicidal thoughts

  • Homicide, homicidal threats or homicidal thoughts

  • Rape and dating violence

  • Other forms of violent, intimidating behavior

  • Extreme emotional distress

  • Injury

  • Someone has passed out

  • Someone seems very sick and is having a difficult time talking, breathing or turning blue

  • immediate threat to person or property