Joy Freeman

About Joy Freeman

Joy is a Board Certified Chaplain with almost 18 years of experience. She has been a part of North Kansas City Hospital's Spiritual Care team for the last 16 years. Outside of work she spends much of her time doing all the things a mom of an active 12 year old does. In her free time she enjoys doing Tai Chi and Tae Kwon Do, escaping into a good book or playing games with family and friends.

REGARDING HANUKKAH

While many or most of us have some familiarity with the Jewish feast of Hanukkah, I find lots of misunderstanding about it among people in general.  For instance, you hear it described as “the Jewish Christmas.”  That is unfortunate because it has nothing to do with Christmas at all.  It often occurs around the same [...]

By |2018-06-16T12:34:30-05:00November 25th, 2013|

Pastoral Care Week is this week.

Pastoral Care Week is October 20-26, 2013. This is an opportunity to recognize the significance of appropriate, professional spiritual care in human health and wellness. The Greek philosopher Plato famously advised, “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” At NKCH, professional chaplains are an integral part of the overall healthcare team, [...]

By |2018-06-16T12:34:30-05:00October 24th, 2013|

“Unplugging,” the benefits of disconnecting from our technology

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in a ministry outreach experience with other chaplains from around the country.  What we did was an incredible experience for me on all levels, and I could reflect on many aspects of that experience.  But today I am reflecting on what I had to do to [...]

By |2018-06-16T10:02:14-05:00July 9th, 2013|

A Day to Celebrate or A Day to Grieve

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day recently behind us, I have found myself thinking more deeply about these two holidays and the assumption that everyone is happy to celebrate these days, or at least that is how the card companies portray it.   I will graciously agree that for most people these are two happy days that they [...]

By |2018-06-28T12:42:03-05:00June 18th, 2013|

Defining Spirituality

Believe it or not, it is very difficult to define spirituality. I was recently reminded of this when I participated in an on-line seminar for professional chaplains from all parts of the United States. This group struggled to find a clear, concise understanding of spirituality that we could all accept. We seemed to agree that [...]

By |2018-06-28T12:45:23-05:00April 29th, 2013|