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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...

  • Praying with Betty

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 30, 2013 | 1:00 am

    For the last few months, on most Saturday afternoons I have been visiting a woman I will call Betty, in order to preserve her privacy. Betty is in hospice, which means she is approaching the end of her life, and is living at home in a hospital-type bed she will likely never leave,...

  • I love you, Grandma, so I tell you lies

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 29, 2008 | 6:10 pm

    I never lie. I never, ever lie. Except I lie to my grandmother. I lie to her all the time. The things I tell her are almost exclusively lies.

    In one moment, this almost universal wrong became a right. And somewhere deep in the Valley at an elder care facility, in a room painted a hue...
  • The Dance of Life

    By Rabbi Carla Howard

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    On Monday I buried one of my patients.

    That is not so unusual given the nature of my work in healing and hospice. When I think about Fred, I am reminded that I work according to the principle of meeting people b'asher hu sham (where they are) as opposed to leading them somewhere, as...

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  • Laugh at Death the Buchwald Way

    By Dov Burt Levy

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Art Buchwald is living and dying in a Washington, D.C., hospice. If you don't know his story, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a very sad time for the 80-year-old Jewish columnist.

    Just the opposite, Buchwald says. "I am," he announces, "having the time of my life."

    His...

  • No Compassion?

    By Arthur J. Magida

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The day my mother was transferred from a nursing home to a hospice, I raced from Baltimore to northeastern Pennsylvania. This 80-mph excursion into death -- my mother's death -- might rescue me from whatever boredom and tedium had enveloped me, but it would also plunge me into a...

  • Celebrating Length of Days

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Fifteen years ago, in the city with the second-largest Jewish population in the world, the idea of a Jewish hospice service lived and died. The truth was that the Los Angeles Jewish community was not ready to support a spiritual service for the dying.

    Rabbis Carla Howard and...

  • Journey’s End

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Lunda Hoyle Gill sat in her spare room at a Westwood assisted-living center, the last stop on her remarkable life journey.

    The artist once traveled to the remotest parts of the globe, racing to paint indigenous peoples before they disappeared. But that was before cancer ravaged her...

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