Since 1983, Hank Dunn has been ministering to patients at the end of their lives and their families. He served as a nursing home chaplain at Fairfax Nursing Center and as a staff chaplain for the Hospice of Northern Virginia, now Capital Caring. Chaplain Dunn is a graduate of the University of Florida and received his Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. After serving 5 years as a youth minister at a very traditional church in Macon, Georgia, he moved to the DC area to be a part of the very nontraditional Church of the Saviour. He worked a year as a carpenter and for 4 years directed an inner city ministry before moving into the chaplaincy in 1983. He is a past president of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer s Association. He has served on the Ethics Committee at the Reston Hospital Center and the Chaplaincy Advisory Board at the Loudoun Hospital Center. He continues to volunteer as a chaplain at the Loudoun Hospital and at the Loudoun Adult Medical Psychiatric Services. For several years, Chaplain Dunn volunteered at Joseph's House, a home for formerly homeless men with AIDS. He is also a Volunteer Pastoral Associate at his faith community, Vienna Baptist Church, where he is especially involved in the retreat ministry at the Lost River Retreat Center in West Virginia. To help him explain end-of-life decisions to patients and families, he wrote a booklet to hand to them so they could reflect on the issues discussed. As an afterthought, he sent the book out to other institutions to see if they would be interested in purchasing it for the people they serve. First published in 1990, "Hard Choices for Loving People" has sold over 3,000,000 copies, and is being used in more than 5,000 hospitals, nursing homes, faith communities, and hospice programs nationwide. His second booklet, "Light in the Shadows: Meditations While Living with a Life-Threatening Illness, Second Edition" was released in 2005. This is a collection of reflections on the emotional and spiritual concerns at the end of life. Hank Dunn is a frequent speaker on topics related to the end of life. He enjoys backpacking, kayaking, and hiking.Read more Read less
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