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An emotional farewell service
by Sandy Lindsay

October 19, 2015

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Reverend Dr. Dwight Biggs




The Faith Singers under direction of Doug Squire

For the congregation at Faith Lutheran Church in Port Elgin, Sunday was an emotional goodbye service.

 Rev. Dr. Dwight Biggs, after almost 13 years in the position of pastor, has made the decision to take up another post with Grey Bruce Health Services as Manager of Spiritual Care across the Hospital Network.

Biggs, who wrote his thesis: 'Comfort, Comfort my People: A Qualitative Study Examining Dying Persons' and Their Caregivers' Experience of Spriritual Care as an Aid to having a Good Death in Grey and Bruce Counties, Ontario" on the subject of 'dying with dignity' received his doctoral convocation in 2014 from Wilfred Laurier University.

Since his inception as church pastor, the congregation has seen considerable expansion in numbers.  "We are, of course, very concerned about finding anyone who can even come close to Dr. Biggs," said one church  member, "but we also understand that he has had a calling to a place where he feels he is needed most."

Having also served as Hospital Chaplain at Saugeen Memorial Hospital in Southampton (Saugeen Shores), it seemed a natural fit that he move into the Spiritual Care area within the hospital network.

The church was standing room only at Sunday's farewell service and people lined up to individually say goodbye.

Doug & Verna Nelson of Southampton United Church attended the service

Still others came from neighbouring churches to wish Dr. Biggs well in his new position.

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Dr. Biggs, ended the service on a lighter note that had the entire congregation involved with his 'Shake Hands with a Friend' song.


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