But we’re especially good at organizing casserole brigades for families in crisis.
New baby? Heart attack? Death in family? Faster than you can say “Shepherd’s pie,” the church’s family care coordinator will have lined up at least two weeks of dinners to ease the load on whoever is at the house.
Psychiatric hospitalization? Not so likely. Families that have endured this crisis say that mental illness is the only “no casserole illness” the church knows.
Why the difference?
The Psych Hospital as Black Hole
Part of the difference has to be because psychiatric hospitalizations are still kept under wraps, not just because of stigma but because of hospital policy. Unlike other hospitals for other illnesses, there can’t be a steady flow of church friends through the psychiatric hospital room. Continue reading