This book is a selection of a chaplain's experiences of how hospice can serve the families and patients who enter this special journey. It contains patient stories told from the chaplain's view. When Chaplain Beck is with patients, she often shares one of her stories to help ease their fears. It is her hope that sharing these stories in this book will prepare readers and lessen their anxiety when hearing the word "hospice" in relation to themselves or a loved one. Experiencing these holy moments may even help on one's own spiritual journey.
Hospice does not mean death is imminent, but rather it is a transition of care that focuses on the patient's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs as they approach the end of life, which may be days or months away. From Schubert's first visit made as a chaplain resident to her last day thirty years later as a hospice chaplain, she has been honored to serve the dying and their loved ones. She hopes that readers will hear the love and grace and see that through hospice, the end can be as beautiful as the beginning.