PODCAST: Russel Meyers: Sherpas of the Soul
Allina Health Minneapolis EMS Chaplain, chaplaincy educator and author of Because We Care: A Handbook for Chaplaincy in Emergency Medical Services, Russell Myers, DMin shares his experiences supporting paramedics and other EMS professionals following critical incidents. He talks about the analogy one of his chaplaincy students used for chaplaincy work, that of a sherpa, the mountain guides of Nepal and Tibet, in this case chaplains as "sherpas of the soul." The role of chaplains in supporting people regardless of their faith or any particular religious orientation or lack thereof, simply meeting people where they are as human beings. The importance of having hobbies and outside interests and connections as public safety professionals, of not getting wrapped up in the job and the public safety world 24/7.
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