The Life Of A Servant: A Hospice Chaplain’s Journey With Shenaz Halverson

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  In our grief journey, we need someone to meet us where we are and to love us unconditionally. But as a person transitioning into the spirit realm, we also need that spiritual and emotional support throughout the end-of-life journey. In this episode, as a Chaplain, Shenaz Halverson brings light into what a Hospice Chaplain does and how her grief helped her serve people with unconditional love. She also shares how she became a Hospice Chaplain. As she guides individuals and provides comfort and solace, Shenaz still sees herself continuing what she does. Let’s join Shenaz on her amazing journey as a Hospice Chaplain by tuning in to this episode today. Thank you for viewing this post. I am not a licensed therapist or professional life coach. I am sharing my experience of loving the same man for 32 years, a mother to two adult children, a retired military officer, a breast cancer survivor, and my connections with others.  Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should reach out to a suicide hotline or local emergency number in their country: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/suicide/suicide-prevention-hotlines-resources-worldwide — Watch the episode here   Listen to the podcast here   The Life Of A Servant: A Hospice Chaplain’s Journey With Shenaz Halverson My conversation is with Shey. She is a chaplain. The perspective in which she brings is a little bit different because she represents the people that are in the room with you as your loved ones are transitioning into the space that is comforting you after the death of a loved one. She and I met at Regent University. I know that her conversation to be able to see the other side of what a chaplain’s life looks like, how they’re trained, who they are, and how they feel, will provide comfort maybe for someone whose loved one will transition, or maybe people that were there for you and have a concept of who they were as an individual, not just as they were serving you. Let’s get into the conversation now.     My guest is my friend Shey, but Chaplain Shey to the world. Thank you so much for having me. My name is Shey and I am a chaplain. I work at Bristol Hospice. I’m their chaplain and I’m also the volunteer coordinator. I’m excited to be here. Thank you. Those are a lot of different words, but before we get into all professional Shey, who is Shey as a person? I am married. On Tuesday, it will be for two years. I’m super excited. My husband is on active duty. He is now in Oceana. He is the last command. What branch? He’s with the Navy. We have two children. Our son, Elijah is 10 and our daughter, Skylar is about to be 9. I’m a mom, I’m a wife. I’m also a daughter. I have a mom. I lost my dad six years ago. I have an older sister, two younger brothers, and a lot of nieces and nephews. Where are you from originally? I’m originally from Minnesota. How did you and your husband meet? It’s a funny story. He’s a twin and I was best friends with his sister. We met in eighth grade, but he was the annoying brother. I was friends with her. Fast forward to we’re in college now. I was living with her and a bunch of other girls. We had a house that we all lived in. I was dating a couple of guys and she said that I should date her brother. I said, “That’s gross. That’s your brother. I don’t think so.” He lived here in Virginia while I was in Minnesota. Fast forward, we went on a date. It went well. We got married. You all didn’t go on one date and then got married. How long did you date before that? Six months. How did you know him well enough for six months to say yes? We knew each other. We had a history and I just knew. I always said that I would never be with someone in the military. I also said that I’d never do one of those, “Hi,” get married, and then they’re going to get shipped off. I did that. You did do both of them? I did both of them. Was he in the Navy when you guys got married? Yes. You got married and then he gets deployed? I’m the one who said, “Let’s get married before you leave.” That was my doing. I said, “Let’s get married.” We got married here in Virginia Beach because I told him I wanted a destination wedding. I wanted to be on the beach. He’s like, “I’m from Virginia Beach. I live on the beach.” I said, “That’s perfect.” It was myself and him, my parents and his parents. It was a nice intimate wedding on the beach during sunset. It’s a beautiful wedding you can ask for. We had a honeymoon right here. We stayed at one of the hotels here. We saw dolphins in the morning. It was fun. Where did you go to see the dolphins? Where was that? Virginia Beach. Right there on the strip. One of those hotels. He ships off and what do you do then? I went back home to Minnesota. My plan was to stay there the whole time. He was in and out during that timeframe. I was going to stay there for another whole year. However, he came back and he was going to be here for two months before he shipped out again. I moved here on October 31st. Did you know anybody? I knew people through Facebook. Her husband was on the same ship as mine. Let’s back up a little bit. When you say Facebook, those are Facebook groups related to that ship? No. It was a friend of a friend. My friend got married. She introduced me to her friend. Her friend knew another friend, and their friends were on the ship. It was …

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