"Working for three years as the hospice chaplain at a VA medical center was one of the most satisfying and rewarding of all my ministerial experiences. I learned much about death and dying, but I was awed by what my patients taught me about life and living. During this service, I will share with you some of the rather profound lessons about life, living, death, and dying that my patients taught me. Also, I hope there will be time following my prepared comments to entertain questions/comments from the group."
Vernon Chandler resides with his wife, Nataliya, and daughter, “Kayabee,” in Ansbach, Germany where he is employed as a victim advocate with the U.S. Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention program. During his 39 years as an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Vernon has provided parish, chaplaincy, and community ministry. He is editor emeritus of the Universalist Herald and a retired U.S. Army Chaplain. From 2011 – 2014, he worked as the hospice and palliative care chaplain at Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta, Maine. Vernon is the author of two books, Beyond the Grave: Love and Immortality and Fireworks, Ice Cream, Live Bait and Jesus Saves. He is currently pursuing spiritual director studies/certification with the Haden Institute.