Conversations on End of Life Conversations

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To learn more about end of life conversations from the perspective of those who work in healthcare or work with end of life issues, I interviewed a doctor, three chaplains, and a professor of social work.  Although most of what they said was similar to what I found in the literature (covered in my last […]

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New Beginnings

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Who questions that I cannot start again, To turn my years of losses into future gain? I had forgotten who I am some time ago Then God given experience whipped my ego I have lost count of what number, new beginning this is This place seems so familiar, as it is! So what makes this […]

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Finding Hope for a Better Death in End of Life Conversations

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For much of society, end of life conversations are considered depressing.  Until recently, I shared that viewpoint and therefore dreaded reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande for a medical sociology class last fall.  Gawande’s perspective, however, completely surprised me.  Instead of viewing death as depressing and something to avoid thinking about, he portrays end of life […]

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Healing After War

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I’m a U.S. Army chaplain, serving in the Texas Army National Guard. I was first commissioned as a Chaplain Candidate while in seminary back in March of 1986. That fall, I did Clinical Pastoral Education at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I was twenty-four, and I was the chaplain for neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and […]

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The Year of Mercy: What It’s About

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Fr. Donald Nesti, CSSp, is on the ISH Board of Trustees, and beloved in the community for his tremendous wisdom, warmth, and spirit.  We thank Fr. Nesti for sharing his insight around the meaning of this special Jubilee year, with Pope Francis’ focus on mercy, “to find newness of life, love and joy.” Fr. Nesti is the […]

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