you are the medicine

There is a saying that circulates in spiritual care circles: “You are the medicine.” The adage resonates deeply with hospital chaplains who, unlike doctors and nurses, do not enter patient rooms with medicine in hand. Instead, our implements are the ones with which most everyone is born: an ear to hear, a mouth to speak, […]

light in the darkness

I began our time together as I had for the last seven years – expressing gratitude for those present, articulating ground rules, and giving each participant a moment to describe how Death had come to his or her door. When it was the man’s turn to speak, we all listened intently. “My name is D. […]