Today’s episode is for the person navigating a season of loss or grief and trying to figure out how long this ache will last.

J. S. Park is a chaplain who has served for nearly 10 years and has held pain for thousands of patients and their families. He believes that our need to rush past pain only suffocates our grief, and that grief is a voice that needs to be heard.

During today’s episode, Heather also provides an update on her life ministry and professional journey.

Guest Bio

J. S. Park is a hospital chaplain, author, and online educator. For eight years he has been an interfaith chaplain at a thousand-plus-bed hospital that is designated a Level 1 Trauma Center. J. S. has an MDiv, completed in 2010, and a BA in psychology. He also has a sixth-degree black belt in tae kwon do. He the author of As Long as You Need.

Host Bio

Heather Thompson Day is an associate professor of communication at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She is the author of eight books, including I’ll See You Tomorrow and It’s Not Your Turn. Reach out to Heather on X at @HeatherTDay and on Instagram @heatherthompsonday. Receive Heather’s weekly inspirational email every Friday at 7 p.m. ET; sign up at

“Viral Jesus” is a production of Christianity Today
Executive Producer: Matt Stevens
Host: Heather Thompson Day
Producer: Loren Joseph
Associate Producer: McKenzie Hill
Director of Operations for CT Media: Matt Stevens
Audio engineering by Loren Joseph