Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. Acknowledgements and disclaimers

  3. I. How Did I Get Here?

    1. 1. Pro re nata (when necessary)

    2. 2. Sometimes we see the future

    3. 3. Adjusting our lives

    4. 4. Chaplaincy doesn't scale

    5. 5. Finding your own voice

    6. 6. 10 reasons I need to be a chaplain

  4. II. What Does It Mean to Be a Chaplain?

    1. 7. Chaplains and pastors

    2. 8. A practicing chaplain

    3. 9. Fragile treasures

    4. 10. Four mothers

    5. 11. Holding hands

    6. 12. Credibility

  5. III. What Kinds of Tasks Does a Chaplain Do?

    1. 13. Bringing PEACE to hospital visits

    2. 14. Paperwork

    3. 15. Liturgy of near death and life

    4. 16. Some things words can't change

    5. 17. Spiritual consult

  6. IV. How Do I Take Care of People?

    1. 18. Promoting healing and recovery

    2. 19. Shared journeys

    3. 20. God listens but I almost don’t

    4. 21. Waiting for

    5. 22. Relational regrets

    6. 23. Hats

    7. 24. Saying "Thank you"

    8. 25. How to live with gratitude

  7. V. How Do I Deal With Death and Dying?

    1. 26. "I'm sorry."

    2. 27. R.H.C.

    3. 28. Holding tiny babies

    4. 29. The Blessing

    5. 30. Holding on

  8. VI. How Do I Carry Scripture With Me?

    1. 31. Living the song of ascents

    2. 32. A song for early morning

    3. 33. Romans 8 and Alzheimer's

    4. 34. A mid-week renewal

    5. 35. Needing wisdom

    6. 36. Lessons from Job

    7. 37. N.D.W.

    8. 38. Joy in the midst of grief

    9. 39. Emotional Jesus

    10. 40. Kicking the slab

  9. VIII. How Can I Get Better at This?

    1. 41. Study. Obey. Teach.

    2. 42. Making sense of our actions

    3. 43. Practicing the hard conversations.

    4. 44. Call until you reach someone.

    5. 45. Emotional Triage

    6. 46. Simple Compassion

  10. IX. How Do I Pray, Anyway?

    1. 47. Helen's story

    2. 48. Becoming Heart Specialists

    3. 49. Bill and Amy

    4. 50. Frankie

    5. 51. Asking for courage.

  11. About the Author

  12. Bibliography

  13. Appendix: Intensive Care Units