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This is a “Faith Conversations” audio interview with Doug Schoen, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at Elmbrook Church. It originally aired on WISN radio network in Milwaukee.
In this interview, Doug discusses best practices for walking alongside families dealing with the loss of a loved one, as well as perspectives on end-of-life issues. Spending every day visiting nursing home residents and those that are in the hospital, and also walking alongside families after they have lost a loved one, Doug has a unique perspective on discussing end-of-life wishes. He quotes Billy Graham’s Father-in-Law, Dr. Nelson Bell, “Only those who are prepared to die are really prepared to live. The uncertainty isn’t the dying…it’s the preparation.” We have to live our lives in light of eternity!
Doug is Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI. He spends much of his time as a self-proclaimed “Emergency Spiritual Technician” (EST) doing hospital and hospice visitation and also helping families cope with the loss of loved ones. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two children, five grandchildren, and a faithful German Shepherd. Doug also enjoys riding his motorcycle, and he has a first degree black belt in Taekwondo.