One of my favorite quotes as a hospice chaplain states; “Death is a spiritual event with medical implications.” Gwendolyn London.
I had the privilege and opportunity today to attend the death of a patient who died with his loving family surrounding him. This patient died as we surrounded him and prayed for him.
Spirituality is defined as the human desire to find meaning in life and the universal search for that meaning. This search is grounded in the awareness that we are part of some reality that is greater than ourselves.
The timing of this patient’s death that occurred during prayer, while being surrounded by family, speaks to the heart of his spirituality that was grounded in his love and faith in God and his love for his family.
What a privilege and honor to be a part of such a sacred time in the life of this patient and family.