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  • A Hospice Chaplain’s Tale

    Rabbi Karen B. Kaplan

    August 13, 2014 | 6:00 am

    A great way to stop a conversation cold with someone I am meeting for the first time is to let out that I was a hospice chaplain for seven years. It’s good to know that most readers of this blog would take this as a sublime conversation-starter instead.

    As I reflected with a...

  • Isn’t it Depressing?

    Rena Boroditsky

    June 25, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    People say to me, “I don’t understand how you do your job,” or,”What's it like to be surrounded by death all the time?  Isn't it depressing?”

    It’s not depressing, but it can be sad. Those of us behind the scenes, the Shomrim who sit vigil with our loved ones, the members of the...

  • Checklist: What to do when someone dies

    August 7, 2008 | 2:20 am

    Make sure to contact the hospital or mortuary so that you can fill out any paperwork, i.e., death certificate, as soon after the death as possible.

    If you have preplanned:

    1. Contact the doctor to fill out any paperwork.
    2. Contact the funeral director (who should have a list of...

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