This book developed from author Anne McCafferty's journaling on her pastoral visits at the end of the day. She was inspired by the beauty and faith of so many and astonished by God's grace in their lives. The book honors the lives of ordinary people-residents and staff in a county nursing home. She records the beauty of each individual person, the uniqueness of each life experience, and the invaluable worth of each person's dignity. Her encounters provide glimpses of life in a nursing home where the staff work closely to create an atmosphere of compassionate care.
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After years of teacher training in religious studies, Anne left that profession to care for an elderly mother, companioning her through care at home, in a hospital, and finally in a nursing home where she lived her final journey to God. Faced with the challenges, joys, and sorrows of a caregiver, she reflected on her experience and felt called by God to chaplaincy for the marginalized elderly and disabled in our society. With a master's degree in theology from Marquette, she then pursued clinical pastoral education, to become a certified chaplain. Many courses and workshops in pastoral counseling, geriatrics, and validation therapy nurtured her calling to provide holistic spiritual care to those often neglected in institutions. After fifteen years as a chaplain in hospitals and a nursing home, Anne become a passionate advocate for the elderly and has given workshops and retreats for staff and families on many aspects of care, including end-of-life care.
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