The Hospice Chaplaincy Show with Saul Ebema | A Conversation with Jennifer O’Brien about her book “The Hospice Doctor’s Widow.”
A Conversation with Jennifer O’Brien about her book “The Hospice Doctor’s Widow.”
In today’s episode, Saul talks to Jennifer O’Brien about her book “The Hospice Doctor’s Widow.” Jennifer helps people talk about caregiving and end of life. She encourages compassionate, real conversation through her book, The Hospice Doctor’s Widow: A Journal, where she shares her story of caregiving through collages and writings.
After years of caring for people with serious illness as a physician, Jennifer’s husband, Bob Lehmberg, was diagnosed with a stage IV, metastatic cancer. But caregiving for the man who had made a 40-year career of caregiving as a physician was not easy. When Jennifer’s husband was diagnosed and later after he died, she turned to what had brought her comfort for years—art journaling. She documented and depicted the raw, honest, beautiful and exhausting reality of caregiving through collage, tableaus, notes and observations. She included much of the wisdom and perspective she learned from her husband in his years as a physician.