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Kerry Egan is a hospice chaplain and the author of “On Living,” and “Fumbling: A Pilgrimage Tale of Love, Grief, and Spiritual Renewal on the Camino de Santiago.”

Hospice chaplain Kerry Egan shares what she has learned about people before they die.

As a divinity school student, I had just started working as a student chaplain at a cancer hospital when my professor asked me about my work.

I was 26 years old and still learning what a chaplain did.

“I talk to the patients,” I told him.
“You talk to patients? And tell me, what do people who are sick and dying talk to the student chaplain about?” he asked.
I had never considered the question before.
“Well,” I responded slowly,”Mostly we talk about their families.”
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