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Heidi Gessner is the palliative care hospital chaplain and bereavement coordinator at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill NC.  Today she talks about what a hospital chaplain does, her personal story on how she got into the industry, different ways people can grieve, and some of her favorite stories from her 17 years as a chaplain.

On this podcast from Renaissance Funeral Home in Raleigh North Carolina, we go beyond the obituary to share memories of loved ones who have passed on. We'll also hear from some people in the death industry - cemetery directors, therapists, clergy, and (like today's guest) hospital chaplains.

Heidi is also a life coach and is hosting a "Create Your Life Vision-Board Retreat" on August 24th.

If you'd like to get in touch with Heidi, she can be reached at



Beyond the Obituary is hosted, edited, and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

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