Of course, with the week I'd been having, the hospital chaplain pager goes off.
I won't say much beyond the fact that it was an intense situation. Nothing dramatically tragic in the way of newpaper headlines, but still heartbreaking. I spent about as much time with some of the hospital staff afterwards as with the family.
Yet despite the emotional toll that I pay in such instances, it also felt fulfilling to be making a real connection with others in a time of need, to have made a difference.