“This Is a Time for Mourning”: Hospital Chaplaincy in the Age of Coronavirus

The Reverend Katherine GrayBuck stood in a crowded hallway on a chaotic afternoon, near the beginning of a crisis to which there still appears to be no end, and prepared to pray over a man as he died. It was March. GrayBuck was in an ICU at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she works as an interfaith chaplain. All around her, nurses and doctors rushed past, working to save lives. GrayBuck stood in their midst, solemn and serene, readying to shepherd another life to its end. For weeks, the novel coronavirus had been spreading across the country.

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