|Published Oct. 25, 2016.|
Some might expect her to offer sermons about the place of religion in people's lives. She doesn't do that. Instead, she demonstrates the healing power of narrative.
Egan observes that chaplains do the following work:
"We listen to the stories that people believe have shaped their lives. We listen to the stories people choose to tell, and the meaning they make of those stories."
Those who are sick and dying often find great insight in telling the story of their life. Egan focuses on maintaining an attitude of love and compassionate listening as people work to make meaning of their lives by sharing stories.
People talk about their childhoods, their life's work, their families, and most often their desire to love and be loved.