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A show about the psycho-spiritual aspects of hospice care. On the Hospice Chaplaincy Show, you will hear stories of experts in the field of end of life care and grief counseling.This fun and educational podcast explores their life stories and theories of practice.

A show about the psycho-spiritual aspects of hospice care. On the Hospice Chaplaincy Show, you will hear stories of experts in the field of end of life care and grief counseling.This fun and educational podcast explores their life stories and theories of practice.


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A show about the psycho-spiritual aspects of hospice care. On the Hospice Chaplaincy Show, you will hear stories of experts in the field of end of life care and grief counseling.This fun and educational podcast explores their life stories and theories of practice.






A conversation with documentary film legend Terrence Youk

Terence Youk began work in film and television production in1986, first as a composer and later writing, producing, directing, and editing independent documentaries, crafting promotional media and producing news spots for a variety of broadcast clients. Under the auspices of the production company, Brook Hollow Productions, Inc., he has collaborated with carefully selected creative and technical associates according to the unique requirements of each production. His programs for broadcast...


A Conversation with Cathy Siebold on the early years of the Hospice movement

In this interview, Cathy Siebold who has witnessed firsthand the evolution of hospice care since its modern incarnation in the 1960s, presents a balanced and objective analysis of the movement’s accomplishments and failings. You can also read more about that in her book “The Hospice Movement: Easing Death’s Pains.” She uses social movement theory to frame her discussion. Siebold traces the bell curve of growth, maturity, and decline that, to a point, has characterized the hospice movement....


The legendary Paul Nash on the 10th anniversary of “Held in Hope” and Bibliotherapy

Paul is the Chaplaincy manager and Spiritual Care Lead at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital in England. He is co-founder of the Paediatric Chaplaincy Network, Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care and Convenor of the Grove Youth Series. Here’s a link for the videos of the books narrated by Bear Grylls.


A Conversation with Chaplain Kimberly Hinz

She is ordained and ecclesiastically endorsed by the Assemblies of God. Kimberly graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to graduate school, Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science in Religion from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. Before joining Lighthouse, Kimberly completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at Advocate Good Samaritan in Downers Grove, Illinois and at Advocate Condell Medical Center in...


A Talk with Sallie Tisdale on her book “Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them).”

She published a collection of essays, Violation, in 2015. Her incredible work has appeared in Harper’s, Antioch Review, Conjunctions, Threepenny Review, The New Yorker, and Tricycle, among other journals. Tisdale also teaches at Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland, Oregon.


Dr. Lydia S. Dugdale on the Lost Art of Dying

Prior to her 2019 move to Columbia, she served as Associate Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine. She edited Dying in the Twenty-First Century (MIT Press, 2015) and is author of The Lost Art of Dying (HarperOne, 2020), a popular press book on the preparation for death. Books 1. The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom. 2. Dying in the Twenty-First Century: Toward a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying Well.


A Conversation with author Elly Sheykhet

On October 8th, it will be 4 years since Elly Sheykhet’s daughter Alina was killed by her ex-boyfriend, Saul and Joe spoke with Elly Sheykhet to see how she is coping and continuing to keep Alina’s memory alive. Alina Sheykhet was a student at the University of Pittsburgh and was killed by Matthew Darby at her off-campus apartment Oct. 8, 2017. She was 20 years old. Darby was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in October. Elly Sheykhet, said Alina will always...


A Conversation with Gabrielle Elise Jimenez- a hospice nurse, blogger & author

Becoming a hospice nurse opened her eyes and changed how she saw her world. She discusses some of the wonderful people she cared for until they passed, and the lessons she learned about life through death.


Journalist Ann Neumann on Elder Care and the Exploration of Dying in America.

You can find a list of Neumann's writings here


Journalist Katie Engelhart on her book “The Inevitable: Dispatches on the right to die.”

Katie’s story “What Happened in Room 10?” won a George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting in 2021. It is the product of a months-long investigation into the first COVID outbreak in an American nursing home — and, more broadly, the rise of the for-profit nursing home industry. Previously, she worked as a documentary film correspondent and producer at NBC News. She made short documentaries from across the United States and abroad. And she appeared on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and...


Dr. David Clark on his book, “Cicely Saunders: A life and legacy.”

A Vice President of Hospice UK, David is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and has been a board member of the European Association for Palliative Care. In 2015 he served the Scottish Government as Consulting Editor to its Strategic Framework for Action in Palliative and End of Life Care and assisted the Scottish Parliament in its enquiry We Need to Talk about Palliative Care. David founded the International Observatory on End-of-Life Care at Lancaster University in 2003, and...


A Talk with Suzanne Worthley on her book "An Energy Healer’s Book of Dying."

RELATED LINKS: Suzanne's Website: Suzanne's Facebook: Suzanne's Instagram: Suzanne's Twitter:


A Follow up Conversation with Dr. Phillip Williams

In Today’s follow up episode, Joe and Saul once again talk remotely with Dr. Phillip D. Williams about his incredible life’s journey. Dr. Phil is currently a chaplain at the VA Healthcare Center in Temple Texas. He has also authored many books and is passionate about end-of-life care. In this episode, you will learn a little bit about his life’s journey


A Conversation with Dr. Phillip D. Williams

Biographical Sketch - Dr. Phillip D. Williams, BCC-HPC | Present Position | Chaplain, Southeast Texas, VA Healthcare Center, Temple, TX VA National Chaplain Chairman Hospice Specialty Certification Board, Hampton, VA Consultant, Williams Church Consulting Group, Temple, Texas Adjunct Professor/Board of Governors, Rockbridge Seminary, Springfield, Missouri | | | Work History | Chaplain, Polytrauma/Spinal Cord Care, VA Medical Center, Palo Alto, California Lead-Chaplain/Bereavement...


The Importance of Symbols and Rituals in End of Life Care

The Role of Symbols in End of Life Care Symbols are objects that take on a deeper meaning for the person grasping them. Every symbol points beyond itself to a reality for which it stands. Symbols can be both corporate and private, easily recognized but contextualized in the individual experience. Rituals in End of Life Care Symbols are often (though not always) tangible, representational, and passive; rituals, on the other hand, are active, responsive, and collective. Rituals, for the...


A Conversation with Chaplain Glenn Palmer

Glenn is a graduate of University of Maine and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. He has a passion for incarnation-based ministry which is why he fell in love with Hospice Chaplaincy...which he did NOT see coming i.e. never considered Hospice Chaplaincy until service on the CCU unit during the VA. His military awards include Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for coming under direct fire.


Helping Children deal with death

This episode is designed to help adults have the needed conversation with a child when death happens in a family. It involves tips on what to say and what not to say.


Recognizing and Honoring the Pause

Kristina Jansz in her article, “The importance of pausing” writes. Imagine reading a book in which there are no commas or periods. Page after page, all the words run together making it near impossible to decipher the intended meaning. Imagine listening to a piece of music that doesn't have any rests in it. What you'd experience is a collection of meaningless noise. Imagine getting into a car and driving it from point A to point B. At your start point you press the accelerator and, without...


Joe and Saul answer some questions from listeners



The Importance of establishing meaningful relationships.

Susan Pinker TED Talk Book: The Village Effect by Susan Pinker Robert Waldinger & the Harvard Study of Adult Development TED Talk