Meeting High Standards: A Chaplain Reviews Encountering the Edge

What follows after the announcement is the first official review of Encountering the Edge. Even though Chaplain Kinzbrunner focuses on my final chapter as an especially elaborate death awareness exercise, no spoiler alerts are needed if you read this review. Kinzbrunner is a professional health care chaplain, whose point-of-view here and at his blog in general may be especially intriguing to others in the health care field. -Karen B. Kaplan


Annoucement: The Publisher, at is offering a 20% discount on all their books for the merry month of May for the U.S. and Canada. You can also get Encountering the Edge at Amazon at the link


The World of Pastoral and Spiritual care

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of the book, Encountering the Edge: What People Told Me Before They Died  by Hospice Chaplain Karen B. Kaplan.

Over the weekend, I took advantage of some quiet on Shabbat afternoon to begin reading a book sent to me for review.  I had skimmed it upon receipt and figured it would be an easy read, as it appeared to be a book of stories about the hospice experiences of a chaplain.  I have read books by hospice professionals describing their work in story form, offering readers an insider’s look at the process of death and dying.  So there I was, reading the book, and I suddenly realized halfway through that this book was more than merely anecdotal.

Encountering the Edge: What People Told Me Before They Died, describes hospice chaplaincy in an intimate, personal way.  The book allowed me, a hospice chaplain for 9…

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