“Flattening the Curve” and the Ethics of Scarcity

By Dr. Peggy Determeyer Director, Community Bioethics and Aging Center As I write this, I am working from a table overlooking my backyard instead of my office window to the parking garage next to the Hope and Healing Center (HHCI).  I miss the daily interactions with my co-workers, but am grateful for the opportunity to continue my work on behalf of the Community Bioethics and…

On Being a Sojourner in Grief

By Dr. Peggy Determeyer Director, Community Bioethics and Aging Center   When I began my training in chaplaincy, I had completed most of my seminary degree requirements, but only a few pastoral care courses addressed the challenges of accompanying people through some of the most difficult times imaginable.  As a Chaplain Resident (I trained at The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center), we were…

What is a Warmline?

By Dr. Erica Hua Fletcher Zorich Fellow in Mental Health Policy   Who do you call when you are having a bad day? For many people living in the U.S., the answer is no one. A 2006 study published in the American Sociological Review found that most Americans only have one close friend. What is more, the average American works longer hours and has less…