What do chaplains have to do with biological, viral threats? Military and health care chaplains have generally been on the front lines in the critical care and urgent emergency medical response to these new infectious agents.
I can abide an abbreviated rendering of a book. I understand that there are just two hours that a moviegoer is willing to contribute to the cause of art. But there were some disappointments in The Fault in Our Stars.
Preparedness is a billion-dollar industry that helps mediate the impact of future events by lessons learned from past events. Rapid response is imperative so trauma is not compounded by inadequately trained assistance.
Many who have deployed into combat and have witnessed first-hand the violence and killing that characterizes war often return home with the uncomfortable realization that the value structure they once maintained, and perhaps called "normal," does not necessarily fit any longer.
Many baby boomers, often unexpectedly and for long periods, will likely be called to provide care for a loved one, and it is my hope that anyone could gain strength, encouragement and inspiration through the real-life caregiving stories.
This four-minute exercise is uncomfortable at first, then excruciatingly difficult, and then something happens. A shift occurs, and for just a minute or two we are completely connected and present with another human being.