"As a chaplain intern, I had the privilege to serve both patients and their loved ones.  I was fortunate to be with both my mother and sister as they passed, and it was that  experience that started me on the path of chaplaincy.

There is a sense of connection when...

Over the course of one’s life there are many failures, regrets, missed opportunities, wrongs, and sin. If you are like me, there are many moments you wish you could do over again. At the same time, when thinking about all that has gone wrong in life it is easy to wonde...

May 21, 2018

Bracing myself to walk into the patient’s room, I asked myself again “Am I even helping this family?”  The patient, who once let me to hold her hand and gently stroke her hair during visits, now wouldn’t even look at me.  She was mad at the world.  She fought against m...

December 22, 2017

The holiday season can be a difficult time for people who have lost a loved one. Sharing memories and spending time with friends and family during the season can often remind us of our loss. Christmas music, holiday parties, and festive decorations that were meant to b...

December 14, 2017

Theologian Martin Luther believed that a person’s vocation was more than just his/her job. He believed that vocation included the God-given gifts and talents that all of us possess. Even though not everyone on a hospice team may believe in God in quite the same way, Go...

November 30, 2017

Did you know that our furry friends are not only great companions, but they also improve our health?  

Did you know our furry friends are more than just great companions?  They can help us to combat depression and loneliness, enhance our levels of dopamine and endorphin...

October 18, 2017

Caring for a terminally ill loved one can often be stressful and emotionally draining. Essential oils are being used to promote the well-being of patients and family members, as well as ease discomfort by way of aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy is "the practice of using nat...

October 6, 2017

Nearly every week I have secret discussions with families across the Chicagoland area.  I call them secret because that is how they are often treated initially.  What are we talking about exactly?  


"What will my husband think if he hears I'...

October 2, 2017

The decision to place your loved one on hospice care is one that takes considerable thought.  Many families think about placing their loved one on care long before they make the final decision.  Questions that typically arise when consider care are: 

1. Will p...

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