Encountering The Edge: What People Told Me Before They Died, published by Pen-L Publishing (April 2014). Free of religious agendas and pat answers, these are true quirky stories about my hospice patients and what they most cared about and believed in. Topics include how patients responded to my singing, and what some patients had to say about the afterlife. In the last chapter, I delve into the deeper reasons for choosing this “offbeat” line of work by imagining what it might be like for me to be on hospice and visit with my match, a chaplain.
You can get the soft cover and Kindle editions on Amazon or directly from the publisher at http://www.pen-l.com/EncounteringTheEdge.html. Audio is now available as well through Amazon or audible.com: http://www.audible.com/pd/Religion-Spirituality/Encountering-the-Edge-What-People-Told-me-Before-They-Died-Audiobook/B011CHH2BE/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1451866663&sr=1-1 . Bulk rates for ten copies or more are available from the publisher. It is also available through Barnes and Noble both as a softcover and as a Nook book at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ Moreover, you can order it through your favorite nearby bookstore. For more information you can email me at email@example.com
Ordained in 1992, I am among the first 200 female rabbis worldwide. In 2007 I became a board certified chaplain and served hospices for 7 years. I was a chaplain at United Hospice of Rockland in New City, NY, and at Princeton Hospice in New Jersey. Endorsed by a reporter for The Huffington Post, you can see stories and commentary about how people deal with death on this blog. My goal in writing the book and the blog is to provide a gentle entree to a forbidding yet mesmerizing subject.
Currently, I am a chaplain at Center for Hope Hospice in Elizabeth, NJ. I also teach essay writing and grammar to speakers of English as a second language at Hudson County Community College in Union City, NJ and head The Angry Coffee Bean Writers’ Group 35 members strong. For my next book, I am writing a collection of compassionate science fiction short stories (no swords, no murderous robots).
To see two of my compassionate science fiction stories for free go to http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue484/upward_spiral1a.html. “Upward Spiral” is a story of yearning to enter a new dimension. By going to http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/shorts/2012/11/FlowersforAckerman.html, you will read a story about bereavement and robots. -Karen B. Kaplan
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