By Chaplain Bruce D. Feldstein, MD
The Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford University Medical Center; Spiritual Care Service, Stanford Hospital & Clinics; and Center for Education and Research in Family and Community Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA.

Life has a curious way of growing us beyond what we can imagine. After 19 years as an emer- gency physician, I never could have guessed I would become a chaplain. In fact, there were times during those years when I was incapable of comforting a family after giving them the news that a family member had died. I would be so overcome with emotion after 30e60 sec- onds of the family’s grief, I would say, ‘‘I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll ask the nurse to come in and be with you.’’ Then, I would get out of the room as quickly as possible.

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