Priests and Pastors Are Often Called to Counsel and Console Grieving Families. for Thomas Vander Woude, That Hit a Little Close to Home.

For Thomas Vander Woude, a priest called to console a grieving family wasn’t unexpected. Just which family needed counseling was.

Ask your priests and pastors: they’ve all had that moment where they counsel and console, sitting in heartbreak, with a family. Sometimes they don’t know what to say. For Thomas Vander Woude, that moment came with a call from the local hospital, asking for counseling for a family that had just lost a father. That family was his own, and Thomas arrived to see his own grieving family, to anoint his injured younger brother, whom his father had died to save. See the entire family reflect on this awesome story of family, grief, blessing and faith in the clip below.