Monthly Archives: November 2014

Hospital wants to know: How do you want to die?

“Death comes slowly, with a pink carnation and weeks of debate. When the elevator doors open onto an upper ward of the intensive care unit, an elderly woman exits with a breath — short, shallow and utterly insufficient. Her heart … Continue reading

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More Evidence That We’re Bad at Talking About Death

“It’s not a mystery that Americans aren’t always great at discussing end-of-life issues, or making sure our loved ones’ last days are lived out in as much peace and comfort as possible. A study presented at the 2014 American College … Continue reading

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Chaplains offer bereavement support group meetings to console families during the holidays

“The holidays can be a difficult time for those coping with grief over the loss of a loved one — at a time when everyone else seems to be celebrating. Chaplains at Valley Baptist Medical Center offer several support groups … Continue reading

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The American Way of Dying: How our refusal to face up to the realities of aging and mortality causes

The message of Atul Gawande’s masterful new book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, is that we need to get over our denial and confront the needless, massive harm we do to each other, including our future … Continue reading

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Chaplain connects with cancer patients

“FALL RIVER, Mass. – A significant part of Marika Hull’s role as a hospital chaplain is to help cancer patients discover their inner strength. “The job of a chaplain is really fairly simple, and that is to be a good … Continue reading

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Chaplain attends to hospital patients mental, spiritual well-being

“Pastoral Care Week celebrated its 30th year last week. It’s a week set aside to honor those who provide spiritual support to others. This year’s theme was “spiritual well-being” and depicted how pastoral caregivers support others in times of challenge … Continue reading

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VA chaplains part of ‘remarkable work’ being done for patients

“Forty-six years ago Patrick J. Hopkins served in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine hunkered down during the siege of the Khe Sanh base. His recall of the horror he experienced there led in recent years to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). … Continue reading

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