Mike, I just recently became ordained and reading this forum has given me a better understanding on how others view this step. I personally see great value in what you have identified as a calling. Assisting the families of those who are soon to pass is a great step. Like you said, sometimes they are the ones that need more help than those who are about to pass. Whether your calling is spiritual, Christian, or non-denominational, a man of spirit, regardless of its base is always comforting to people who are hurting. There is a great need for people who comfort and for those who do it with no expectation of anything in return for what they do. Reading the forum, there is so much judging, I laugh when I read them because I think we should all be as accepting as we expect others to be. The belief in something or the lack of belief in anything is also a position taken in this universe. We all take space and we all vacate it in time. That in itself should speak for who or what we are. Thank you for your thoughts and hope mine just add a little bit of feeling of someone cares.