“I’ve read your book twice. The first time, to see what happened. The second time, because there was so much to learn.”


Joan Paddock Maxwell was trained and served as a chaplain in three acute-care hospitals in the Washington, DC area. During six years as palliative care chaplain at the George Washington University Hospital, she served patients with life-threatening illnesses. The co-author of two previously published books, she received a Master of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary and was endorsed as a hospital chaplain by the Episcopal Church. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband David.



“You have a wonderful presentation style – charismatic, sincere, and touched with humor and delight, even as you address what for many people is the scariest topic of all.”