Board Certified Chaplain Karen Bookman Kaplan

Hospice Chaplain at Center for Hope Hospice
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As one of the first two hundred female rabbis in the world, I specialized in spiritual care for hospice patients and their families of all religions or none. During the years of my career, which spanned 2005 through 2020, my hospice career memoir, Encountering The Edge: What People Told Me Before They Died (Pen-L Publishing) was published in 2014. I began my blog in 2013 and it includes such issues as unacknowledged grief, COVID-19 sermons, why evil exists (that's a popular post!), and fear of death. Currently I edit my husband's newsletter for his business True Contrarian Investments and keep his clients involved.

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  • "Kaplan says, 'Each culture has its strengths and weaknesses as to what parts of grief they facilitate, or hinder.'" As quoted by reporter Erin Boyle in "What is Prolonged Grief?" in May 10, 2022 at this link:

    16 May 2022
  • "The result is a moving and beautiful account of what it means to listen, love, live, and die." --Amy Wright Glenn reviewing "Encountering the Edge: What People Told Me Before They Died" in the Philadelphia Inquirer, May 21, 2014.

    6 January 2022
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