By Karen Lieberman, JD, MSJS, BCC,
is a staff chaplain at Children’sHospital of Wisconsin. She has worked in health care chaplaincy in both adult and pediatric settings and is especially interested in the intersection of law, medicine, ethics, and spirituality. She is board certified by Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains and the Spiritual Care Association.
“Jenny, a 16-year-old A-student, varsity athlete and leader in her school community with a seemingly limitless future, lay alone in her hospital room after a failed suicide attempt—perhaps the first thing she had failed at in her life. As Ilistened to her nurse’s report and the team discussion in patient care rounds, itseemed plausible, if not inevitable, that Jenny was experiencing intense spiritual and/or emotional distress. I resolved to stop by her room after rounds to see if I could be of service.”