Soul Support

Join us for dinner and to hear our own Joan Maxwell talk about her recent memoir, Soul Support: Spiritual Encounters at Life’s End at 5 pm, Sunday, March 11, 2018 in Blake Hall.

Joan was endorsed as a hospital chaplain by the Episcopal Church and commissioned here at St. John’s. She served for six years at George Washington University Hospital as a hospital palliative care chaplain, a role which led Joan to work with dying patients and their families. In addition to being a marvelous story-teller, Joan has a passion for normalizing the fact that we all will die one day, and she shares her observations of the universal experience of death and dying with humility, humor, and reverence.

One review of Soul Support said, “Soul Support tells intimate true stories of people coming to terms with their final days, and offers stirring behind-the-scenes accounts of the many ways patients, their families and friends, and hospital staff all deal with death and dying.  This compelling memoir by hospital chaplain Joan Paddock Maxwell speaks to readers reflecting on their own mortality or the life-threatening illness of a loved one, and tells of the sometimes-astonishing events that can occur when people near their lives’ ends.”

Today, when life’s inevitable end is often hidden and denied, Joan breaks open closed doors by sharing what she learned from her patients during her years as a hospital chaplain. Her presentation, infused with her ever-present sense of humor, will provide helpful, practical information for those facing or anticipating the life-threatening illness of a loved one. She will provide concepts and tools that help families and friends be more present to their loved ones, providing hope and peace as they approach death.

We will gather at 5 for hors d’oeuvres, and then Joan will begin her presentation, which will include plenty of time for your questions after dinner. Copies of her book will be available for purchase, and she will be available to sign them.  We expect to finish at 7:30. Click here to register, or you can RSVP to Joy at