Intended for healthcare professionals


Palliative care from diagnosis to death

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 27 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j878

Thank God for Chaplains

Society's institutions are a mixed blessing. They provide us with colleges, hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, and the military. But they also subject us to regimentation, which can be overwhelming, depersonalizing, and depressing. One refuge from such regimentation are chaplains, who offer much-needed emotional and spiritual care for people of all faiths. Literally and figuratively, chaplains are a godsend.

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 March 2017
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA