Dementia-friendly church service: Good Friday (2022)

I’ve gotten a few emails from people asking if I have a dementia-friendly Good Friday worship service. The answer is yes!

Watch the 31-minute Good Friday service here.

It’s a little tricky to create a dementia-friendly worship service for Good Friday. It’s the most somber day in the Christian faith, but I want to be careful not to upset people with cognitive difficulties by focusing too heavily on sad thoughts and images. At the same time, I want to honor both the seriousness and the glory of the day.

I wasn’t completely happy with my previous version of this service, so this is a brand-new Good Friday video. It includes (shortened) scripture passages of Jesus’ suffering, crucifixion, and death, but now I also include a meditation on why we call this day good.

I’d love your feedback.

Peace be with you,

P.S. Here’s the written Good Friday agenda if you want to provide this service yourself.

P.S. In this video, I’m indebted to the DeGrazia Foundation for its permission to briefly reproduce three of Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia’s paintings from his The Way of the Cross series. As a born-and-raised Arizonan (Phoenix), I grew up admiring DeGrazia’s work, and I’m delighted to be able to include these powerful images.

Photo by Alicia Quan on Unsplash

2 thoughts on “Dementia-friendly church service: Good Friday (2022)

  1. Andrew Fortuine says:

    Nice job on this service, Elisa.

    Thank you and blessings on your ministry –

    On Mon, Apr 4, 2022 at 10:13 PM Spiritual Eldercare wrote:

    > Elisa Bosley posted: ” I’ve gotten a few emails from people asking if I > have a dementia-friendly Good Friday worship service. The answer is yes! > Watch the 31-minute Good Friday service here. It’s a little tricky to > create a dementia-friendly worship service for Good Frid” >

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