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Judith Leipzig

Judith Leipzig is in the final stage of training to be a health care chaplain at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. She’s also a member of the graduate faculty of Bank Street College of Education in New York City.

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On my first day as a chaplain at Calvary Hospital, a palliative care facility in the Bronx — a place where every patient was near death — I was overwhelmed. In the other hospitals I had worked in, I had sat by the bedsides of patients who were frightened, lost,…