Spiritual Encounters at Life's End
Memoir of a Hospital Chaplain
A young dancer's last hope--a bone marrow transplant--has failed. A homeless man, in the final stages of AIDS, refuses to speak. A newly retired woman has just received a terminal diagnosis and is wailing in despair. What can we learn about death, dying, and the human spirit as we journey with a hospital chaplain into sickrooms like these?
Joan’s memoir offers intimate observations of people coming to terms with their final days. She provides a unique perspective, as a hospital chaplain, of both the practical and emotional realities patients, their families and friends, and hospital staff deal with death and dying.
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About the Author
Joan Paddock Maxwell was trained and served as a chaplain in three acute-care hospitals in the Washington, DC area. During six years as the palliative care chaplain at 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.